this hotel in the mountainous region of piancavallo, italy has been designed to dramatically capture and display snow and ice. designed by italian architect stefano pujatti, ‘hotel 1301 inn’ takes its name from its altitude at exactly 1,301 meters (4,268 feet) above sea level. the hotel is located in a small town that developed as a winter destination in the 1970s. consequently the architect sought to design a project that appeared as an extension of the natural landscape.

this hotel features dormer windows that mimic northern italy's mountainous landscape
the hotel is located in the mountainous region of piancavallo, italy 

 

 

perhaps most strikingly, hotel 1301 inn features jagged dormer windows that mimic the form of the surrounding mountain peaks. this façade has been designed by stefano pujatti to both capture fresh snowfall, and allow ice to form and hang down from the roof canopy. the 37-key hotel is partially raised from the ground by pillars. this gesture evokes the feeling of being suspended in a treehouse, with guests held up by the large branches.

this hotel features dormer windows that mimic northern italy's mountainous landscape
the roof has been designed to capture and display snow and ice

this hotel features dormer windows that mimic northern italy's mountainous landscape
the building has been designed by italian architect stefano pujatti

this hotel features dormer windows that mimic northern italy's mountainous landscape
the hotel takes its name from its altitude at exactly 1,301 meters (4,268 feet)

this hotel features dormer windows that mimic northern italy's mountainous landscape
the project is located in a small town that developed as a winter destination in the 1970s

this hotel features dormer windows that mimic northern italy's mountainous landscape
the hotel features jagged dormer windows that mimic the form of mountain peaks

this hotel features dormer windows that mimic northern italy's mountainous landscape
the 37-key hotel is partially raised from the ground by three pillars

this hotel features dormer windows that mimic northern italy's mountainous landscape
the design allows ice to form and hang down from the roof canopy

this hotel features dormer windows that mimic northern italy's mountainous landscape
the building appears as an extension of the natural landscape

this hotel features dormer windows that mimic northern italy's mountainous landscape
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