peter pichler scatters luminous cabins across alpine slope for YOUNA resort concept

peter pichler scatters luminous cabins across alpine slope for YOUNA resort concept

a new resort concept by peter pichler architecture


Milan-based practice Peter Pichler Architecture proposes a brand-new hospitality concept dubbed YOUNA Nature Resorts. The commissioned development comprises a cluster of flexible treehouses dotting the forested slopes of the European Alpine Region. Each jewel-like cabin is envisioned to emerge from among the treetops with an exaggerated gable roof, reflecting the elongated proportions of the surrounding pines. In this way, the project at once emphasizes and blends into its natural environment.

peter pichler youna resort

visualizations by Spectrum | @spectrum.vis



youna nature resorts: a treehouse without a tree


Each cabin of the YOUNA Nature Resorts concept is designed by Peter Pichler Architecture to evoke ‘a treehouse without a tree.’ The timber structures will take shape as vertical pitched volumes, enclosing spaces which — like the trunk of a tree — are elevated above the ground atop a shrunken base. Describing this design, the architects note that the concept imitates ‘both the archetype gable roof of a traditional tree house and the proportion of the tree it sits on.’

peter pichler youna resort



the timber facade and flexible interiors


The treehouses of Peter Pichler Architecture’s YOUNA Resort Concept will appear as a cluster of luminous lanterns dotting the Alpine slope. Wrapped in a timber exoskeleton, strong sunlight will be filtered to shade the interiors during the daytime, while at night the structures will softly glow among the trees.


This facade will further serve to reinforce the modular structure, allowing for a highly flexible organization. From the number of floors, the outdoor and indoor spaces, and solid or glazed walls, the interiors will be easily reconfigured from cabin-to-cabin to create a diverse range of types according the needs of each occupant.

peter pichler youna resort
the treehouses will appear as glowing lanterns among the trees peter pichler scatters luminous cabins across alpine slope for YOUNA resort conceptinteriors will be wrapped in a timber exoskeleton


a modular concept allows each cabin to be highly customized


project info:


project title: YOUNA Nature Resorts

architecture, interiors: Peter Pichler Architecture@peterpichler_architecture
location: Alpine Region, Europe
principals: Peter Pichler, Silvana Ordinas
design team: Peter Pichler, Niklas Knap, Alexander Kellner, Nathália Rotelli
ground floor area: 115 square meters — 280 square meters
status: concept

visualizations: Spectrum | @spectrum.vis

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