Oberholz Mountain Hut/

Peter Pichler Architecture


Project Details



Obereggen / Italy



Year (Design/Construction):

- / 2016

Area (Net/Gross):

- / 650 m2
Operational Carbon emissions

Operational Carbon emissions (B6) kgCO2e/m2/y:

Embodied Carbon emissions

Embodied Carbon emissions (A1-A3) kgCO2e/m2:

  • The project uses wood as the main construction material, with some concrete elements.
  • The wood used in the project comes only from sustainable managed forests with PEFC certification.
  • Use of local companies and locally sourced materials.
  • Use of geothermal heat pump system for the energy requirements.


Project description as provided by the Architects:

Peter Pichler Architecture, in collaboration with Arch. Pavol Mikolajcak, won a competition to design a new mountain hut at 2.000m in the Italian Dolomites in 2015.

The new hut contains a restaurant and is located next to the cable station Oberholz in Obereggen with direct connection to the ski slope.

The cantilevering structure grows out of the hill like a fallen tree with three main branches creating a symbiosis with the landscape. Each of them is facing towards the three most important surrounding mountains. At the end of the branches a large glass facade frames the surrounding mountains from the interior of the hut. The sloped roof shape of the glasses takes his inspiration from typical huts in the area, while the branching roof and complex structural interior expresses a new and contemporary interpretation of the classic mountain hut.

The interior is defined by a complex, curvilinear and visible wood structure that gradually fades into walls and creates so called “pockets” for intimacy. It could also be seen as a new open space interpretation of the classic “Stube”, well known in typical structures of the area.

The entire hut is constructed with wood: structural elements and interior in spruce, the facade in larch, furniture in oak- all typical woods from the area. A homogenous sculpture with local materials.

The ground floor of the hut consists of the main restaurant / lounge area. The bar is located next to the entrance and is directly connected to the restaurant. Kitchen and food storage / delivery space are also on the ground floor. Main restrooms, staff room and technical facilities are located on the -1 floor. The outdoor space is defined by a big terrace oriented towards the southwest.

PPA Principals: Peter Pichler, Silvana Ordinas

Competition Design team: Peter Pichler, in collaboration with arch. Pavol Mikolajcak

PPA Project team: Peter Pichler, Gianluigi D’Aloisio, Simona Alù, Giovanni Paterlini, Matteo Savoia, Silvana Ordinas, Krzysztof Zinger, Jens Kellner

Local architect: Pavol Mikolajcak

Construction company: Pfeifer Bau

Wood construction: LignoAlp

Engineering: Dr. Ing. Andreas Erlacher

MEP: Heizstudio

Client: Obereggen AG / Spa

Photography: Oskar Dariz, Jens Rüßmann

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