noa* (network of architecture) completes the renovation and expansion of the zallinger refuge at the seiser alm, or alpe di siusi, in the italian dolomites. the project presents an historical and landscape recovery intervention in a high mountain context. nineteenth-century barns are reborn as a boutique hotel comprising a collection of timber ‘mini-chalets,’ which emanate the charm of an alpine village. south tyrolean tradition is combined with design quality and sustainability in every aspect of the construction. noa* introduces 24 rooms with the new mini-chalets, leaving the original 13 rooms in the central building of the guesthouse. 

noa zallinger refuge
all images by alex filz



the original zallinger hut was built during the 19th century at an elevation of 2200 meters. it was formerly surrounded by seven barns and a small church which had since been replaced by a single large building, which over time had assumed other functions. the extension was an opportunity to revive the original structure, proceeding, as well as the restructuring of the central body of the hotel, and the construction by noa* of seven new chalets arranged with respect for the original plan of the site.

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noa*’s aim was to recover the traditional structure of the south tyrolean mountain pastures in a contemporary way. the external cladding that surrounds the chalets is made of blocks of solid wood appearing to stack together in an alternation of full and empty spaces, becoming a dominant motif of the new settlement. the outcome, inspired by the structure of the ancient barns, avoids the glare produced by large areas of glazing, inappropriate in a high mountain context. the wooden panels are designed to open, exposing the large windows, to offer views of the spectacular alpine scenery. when the panels are closed, an evocative play of light and shadows fills the interior, contributing to the relaxation of hotel guests.

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sustainability, respect for the mountains, and direct contact with nature are the principles that have guided all design choices. in the design of the new rooms, careful use of the space provides high levels of comfort in a small area. the wood shingles of the roof, typical of the south tyrolean tradition, were used. all the materials had been certified and the complex has obtained the ‘clima hotel’ certification. it was even decided not to illuminate the paths connecting the chalets and the shelter, to avoid light pollution and allow guests, equipped with lanterns, to admire the the starry sky.

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project info:


project name: zallinger

typology: hotel

location: alpe di siusi, saltria, italy

client: berghaus zallinger, luisa schenk & burger markus

architecture: noa* (network of architecture)

interior design: noa* (network of architecture)

construction start: june 2017

completion: december 2017

intervention: hotel conversion and extension