The new addition to the Hubertus Hotel, completed last year, connects the old with the new, redefining the beautiful view of the Dolomite mountain.
The new curve plan is an addition to the existing hotel, adding a total of 16 suites, kitchen, restaurants, lobby and reception area, cellar, wellness rooms and relaxation and terraces with a panoramic view. But the most impressive element of the construction is the pool that projects over the valley and seems to have neither end nor weight, as it disappears into the depth of the landscape.
Impressive combination of old and new construction
A big challenge in this project seemed to be the combination of the new design with the original construction, because both differed in function and aesthetics. The addition included a curvilinear design that followed the natural topography of the landscape in contrast to the rectilinear nature of the pre-existing form. To combine them, the architect recycled all the Scots pines, which were removed in order to make the new construction, and used them as timber for the peristyle along the facade, which redefines the old facade and combines it with the new. Viewed from a distance, the structure remains discreet in relation to the landscape, due to the wooden facade that seems to be almost hidden among the trees.
Glass walls on all four levels offer panoramic views of the mountain range and the city in the background. Perforated metal railings that enhance the effect of transparency also help with this. The wild pine columns that are present throughout the interior blur the line between indoor and outdoor space.
The central part of the project is the swimming pool measuring 5 m wide by 25 m long, which projects into the air supported 12 m above the ground. Clad in anthracite-colored stone, it seems to stretch into infinity, floating between earth and sky, and disappearing into the dark shades of the opposite mountain, like a large boulder resting on the slope. The glass bottom further emphasizes the feeling that this pool floats between the solid and the void, the old and the new.