The Larix Lodge designed by Christiane Agreiter in La Villa, South Tyrol, is a modern house that has been carefully placed in an area characterized by traditional architecture.
Christiane Agreiter reinterpreted the characteristic features of local buildings, such as wooden planks, loggia, and pitched roofs, and designed a building that reflects a very contemporary spirit. For this project, the architect returned to her roots: Christiane Agreiter is a native of the region, having been born and grown up in Bruneck in South Tyrol.
Larix Lodge is surrounded by the Unesco Puez-Geisler Nature Park in the heart of the Dolomites, at 1,400 m above sea level, with unobstructed views of the fantastic mountain panorama of South Tyrol.
The building features three holiday apartments with rental options. Each floor offers views in all directions. From the large windows in the southwest, the Dolomites can be seen in all their grandeur. The house opens up to the surrounding landscape in a unique way for each floor, thus creating distinct outdoor spaces belonging to the individual flats. While the ground floor flat has a terrace in the front, to which sliding windows open, the first floor has a room with four seasons that can be used as an indoor and outdoor space. The open space on the top floor has a more private feel thanks to a balcony cut into the façade - a retreat with panoramic views of the surrounding mountain scenery.
The façade is clad in rough-cut, dark glazed timber that forms a very compact and homogeneous volume resting on a concrete base that accommodates the garage along with the reception area. The interiors, on the other hand, are surprisingly bright, comfortable, and soft. The house incorporates traditional typologies and features typical of local farm buildings, including the saddle roof, external boarding, and internal storage areas. Nevertheless, in this context they are contemporary and independent.
The scent of nature literally wafts in every corner of the house, as both the interior and exterior facades are made of local larch wood. Despite its minimalist and modest expression, the interior shows a high level of craftsmanship, as evidenced by its attention to simple and solid details. The overall effect is soothing and serene. The location makes the Larix Lodge the perfect starting points for mountain hikes and skiing. The ski slope starts literally on the doorstep, which makes the place a dream come true for true winter sports enthusiasts.
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