The newly redesigned Schgaguler Hotel was transformed from the 1980s building into an elegant, modern boutique hotel. It is the result of close cooperation between the Schgaguler family and Peter Pichler's architectural practice, located in the UNESCO heritage-protected mountain village of Castelrotto in Italy.
The old hotel is almost unrecognizable and looks like a brand new concept. It consists of 3 minimalistic volumes, all united in a strong visual language. The pristine white frames are filled with large-format glazing to create a skeleton-like façade. An image of soaring roofs touching the sky hovers on the edge of reality. A poetic gesture that evokes memories of the snow-covered peaks of the Dolomites.
The expressive exoskeleton facade changes according to orientation and program. On the north side and east side of the building, mostly corridors and public spaces, the structure has less depth. On the south facade, the tapered geometry has more depth and creates loggias with natural shading. The bright grey color of the chalk-containing render of the facade is inspired by the rocks of the surrounding mountains.
The hotel exudes an air of elegance. Interiors are done in a soft and minimalist style. Large-format wooden textures dominate, along with gray tones of local stones and a warm touch of natural textiles. All subtle gestures are well-balanced to provide a peaceful experience. The calming mix of Scandinavian and Japanese spirits adds to an intimate atmosphere. A carefully selected collection of high-quality brands like Mattiazzi furniture, E15, and Santa & Cole complete the whole.
The public areas, such as the lobby, bar, and restaurant, are located on the ground floor. In the common areas, guests can admire large-format photographs by Martin Schgaugler, depicting pure, slightly unreal yet very captivating images of the Dolomites. The bar connects to a wide and sunny terrace with impressive views of the Sciliar mountain. The underground level contains wellness facilities, spas, and beauty salons.
Visually, this project is a feast for the eyes. The attention to detail and the consistency of the interior also translate into a high level of service. Guests at this family-owned hotel are made to feel almost pampered at every turn, which brings a whole new meaning to hospitality.