noa* converts monumental 17th century monastery into monastero arx vivendi hotel in italy

noa* converts monumental 17th century monastery into monastero arx vivendi hotel in italy

a unique monastery-turn-hotel by noa*

 

noa* has transformed the monumental spaces of the 17th century monastery serve di maria addolorata into monastero arx vivendi, a unique and charming hotel in the town of arco, in alto garda, northern italy

with the aim of restoring the spiritual dimension of the old monastic center, the south tyrol-based architects preserved most of the building’s original architectural elements, highlighting them as the main features of the hotel. ‘the majesty and rigour of the architecture, the long corridors, the vaulted ceilings, all of these features combine to give these spaces a real olde-worlde feel,’ explains noa* architect francesco padovan. in the monastery’s lush garden, a new wellness area that takes its cues from the area’s typical rural constructions offers guests 500 sqm of relaxation rooms, treatment rooms, saunas and a wellness course with steam bath.noa* converts monumental 17th-century monastery into monastero arx vivendi hotel in italyall images by alex filz, drone images by andrea dal negro 

 

 

the monastero arx vivendi hotel preserves CULTURAL HERITAGE

 

located at the northern tip of italy’s lake garda, the monastery serve di maria addolorata consists of a building complex and an extensive garden encompassed by a high surrounding wall. half of the monastery building, which also hosts a church and cloister where nuns continue to live, has been left untouched, and in 2020 work on the monastero arx vivendi hotel began in close collaboration with the trento office of cultural heritage. the renovation by noa* consists of two main phases: the restoration and conversion of the monastery and its interiors into a hotel; and the development of a new wellness area in the garden.

 

with its 40 rooms and common areas, the monastero arx vivendi highlights the complex’s original architecture, 

preserving the design of the internal paths and extending its geometrical rigour to the new volumes. inside, the monastery is distributed across three levels. ‘it is a bit of a surprise to discover that the spaces on every floor are structured in very different ways,’ observes francesco padovan. ‘the concentric spaces of the ground floor contrast with the majestic corridor of the first and then there is the mass of wooden beams in the loft. we paid close attention to this variety of environments, developing solutions that did not alter the various designs but which strengthened their charm and originality.’

noa* converts monumental 17th-century monastery into monastero arx vivendi hotel in italy

 

 

developed according to the existing plan of the monastery, the ground level houses all common spaces, including the reception, the breakfast room, the bar and kitchen, a reading room/lounge, as well as a suite with a private garden. meanwhile, on the first floor, the former monastic cells that are aligned along the sides of the 50-meter-long corridor were joined two-by-two to create larger guest rooms. in each room, one ‘cell’ encloses the bedroom, while the other hosts the bathroom. finally, the second floor features a large loft area topped by eye-catching trusses, which host two lines of rooms that also open onto a long central corridor. at the highest point of the roof, a skylight runs right along the length of the ceiling, illuminating both the corridor and the rooms thanks to the transom windows.‘the design project was guided by our complete respect for the existing architecture. the design was adapted to the austere monastic spaces with tailored solutions, without compromising on comfort, functionality and contemporary aesthetics,’ explains noa* interior designer niccolò panzani, who oversaw the interior design project.

 

in the monastery garden, the newly-developed spa consists of seven light glass and metal volumes positioned along a connecting spine. the spine is composed of a series of pillars covered in vicenza stone, whose colors recall the pre-existing structures, and a horizontal architrave in prefabricated and sandblasted concrete. the wellness area includes a first relaxation area with loungers, a treatment area and a second relaxation area facing the ‘biolake’ – a pool of natural water with dark blue tints. a third relaxation area is located in an open gallery in the green courtyards. finally, the saunas (a bio sauna and a finnish sauna) and a particular type of hammam or wellness course that revolves around a large heated dark stone complete the spa.noa* converts monumental 17th-century monastery into monastero arx vivendi hotel in italy

noa* converts monumental 17th century monastery into monastero arx vivendi hotel in italy
the complex is completely enclosed by a 7-meter-high boundary wall whose original appearance has been preserved

noa* converts monumental 17th century monastery into monastero arx vivendi hotel in italy
the ‘biolake’ is a pool of natural water with dark blue tints

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the alternation of glass bodies and green courtyards creates an evocative pattern of advanced and set-back volumes

noa* converts monumental 17th-century monastery into monastero arx vivendi hotel in italy

noa* converts monumental 17th century monastery into monastero arx vivendi hotel in italy
the original ceilings and decorations in the common spaces on the ground floor were conserved and restored

noa* converts monumental 17th-century monastery into monastero arx vivendi hotel in italy
the corridor floor maintains its original cotto covering after carefully restored

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the old doors, in light wood, were all conserved on the external side, along the hallway

noa* converts monumental 17th century monastery into monastero arx vivendi hotel in italy
the dominant shades are white, grey and black, the historic colors of the monastery

noa* converts monumental 17th century monastery into monastero arx vivendi hotel in italy

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inside the wellness area, everything is designed to generate a sense of calm and relaxation
inside the wellness area, everything is designed to generate a sense of calm and relaxation
beds suspended like swings in the wellness area encourage meditation
beds suspended like swings in the wellness area encourage meditation
everything is custom-designed, including the metal four-poster beds with black oak inserts
everything is custom-designed, including the metal four-poster beds with black oak inserts
noa* converts monumental 17th century monastery into monastero arx vivendi hotel in italy
 
the walls and vaults were treated to create a rippled antique-effect plaster
the walls and vaults were treated to create a rippled antique-effect plaster
large stone reception desk covered with granite and illuminated by a ‘shower’ of minimalist hanging lamps
large stone reception desk covered with granite and illuminated by a ‘shower’ of minimalist hanging lamps
noa* converts monumental 17th century monastery into monastero arx vivendi hotel in italy
 
the restored wooden trusses pay homage to their original function
the restored wooden trusses pay homage to their original function
noa* converts monumental 17th century monastery into monastero arx vivendi hotel in italy
 
noa* converts monumental 17th century monastery into monastero arx vivendi hotel in italy
 
noa* converts monumental 17th century monastery into monastero arx vivendi hotel in italy
 

project info:

 

 

name: monastero arx vivendi

architect: noa* network of architecture
location: arco, trentino (italy)
client: stephanie happacher & manuel mutschlechner
interior design: noa* network of architecture
completion year: 2021
volume: 1.560 m3 (wellness) 15.600 m3 (monastero)
surface area: 520 m2 (wellness), 3.780 m2 (monastero)
text (it): laura ragazzola, translation (en): landoor
photography: alex filz
drone photography: andrea dal negro

 

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