philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles
 
philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles
apr 12, 2010

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles

‘hiding in triangles’ – mountain bike hotel by philip modest schambelan and anton fromm

the new mountain bike hotel is a proposal by philip modest schambelan and anton fromm. located on the edge of pregasina in italy offers sports enthusiasts a place to stay, an unforgettable view and a fast connection to an impressive variety of routes, trails and single tracks.

pregasina is located on a plateau 500 meters above the northern tip of lake garda.  to totally exploit the panoramic view the new hotel is situated on a steep mountain ridge on the southeastern edge of the small town. this on the one hand dissociates the new building of the traditional architecture, on the other hand the unconventional construction can be guessed by a small protrusion.

the principles in the draft include: complete access by mountain bike at all levels, maximum use of the panoramic view of lake garda and the mountain slopes of the alps, no impairment of the view from pregasina and a full and individual accommodation of riders and sports equipment in each residential unit.

to ensure the trafficability each access element has a tilt angle of 12 °. the angle of the access routes to each other changes both by the natural curve of the mountain, as well as by the decreasing distance between the building and the mountain in the vertical direction. these two factors generate the fixed points in the front supporting framework, as well as spaces in the metal braiding. In these spaces, the residential units will be established. the structure is stabilized by three cores, which provide access to the rooms. thus, way and construction form a unit that defines the form.

the access routes form two different paths, which are connected on the top and bottom floor. this system of a contiguous band provides an optimal pathways in terms of trafficability and the access to each residential unit.

the main facade is oriented towards the north-east, which guarantees each unit a view of the northern tip of the lake. at the same time it allows shading of the living areas by the hill.

the communal areas such as coffee shops, snack bar, the sun deck and a media room are located on the top floor, level 0, which looks out over the mountain easily. here, the sunlight is desired and used.

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles side view

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles the hotel protrudes out of the hill

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles bike paths

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles interior

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles at night

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles lake garda located in the north of italy

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles site plan

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles the new mountain bike hotel

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles construction process

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles construction process

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles construction process

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles floor plan

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles floor plan

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles floor plan

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles the many triangles within the structure

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles model

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles model

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles

philip modest schambelan + anton fromm: hiding in triangles model

  • Hideous architecture with no consideration for context. I hope this doesn’t get built.

    World Man About Town says:
  • well thig Philip guy is modest only in his last name!

    a.d.k.v says:
  • Too synthetic. Lack of nature.

    Axay says:
  • Who on Earth is looking for “natural” architecture on designboom?

    R. says:
  • Wild! Fantastic idea. Call me when it’s ready and I’ll ride over.

    Jeffrey says:
  • At first glance I thought this was pretty wicked. But I must agree with the first couple of comments. Take the third image from the top, imagine it without the building, and you see the beautiful surrounding coutryside. Architecture in this context should complement the environment, and add to its beauty, not create a scar upon it.

    IF says:
  • Ohhhhh yeahhhh, all them mountains, that big ass lake and open sky is completely and utterly overshadowed by this so called ‘synthetic’ structure that just dominates the entire geography it occupies. Once again the brightest and the boldest venture forth and enlighten us with such razor edge critique and analysis that we are left to wonder how on earth modern architecture could breath through the analysis and readings of such agile and informed minds.

    AAB says:
  • ach wie nett!

    barbatade says:
  • love the bikini clad girl doing her hair. mountain bikers dream.

    ben says:
  • Love it! Brilliant concept. I can imagine looking up at a mountainside with a building such as this, take in the daring and creative design/build process – and thank the folks who have the vision to put it there d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • love to all the haters

    lover says:
  • I love the concept, and understand the idea, but the dark beam structure seems a little bit too heavy

    Niki says:
  • My structures professor would die if he saw this project; hopefully that cliff is incredibly strong. Really fun idea, as an architecture student and bike nerd myself I’d love to visit here. I understand the problem when it comes to adapting a project to the environment, but you could easily see this as a fractured rock or crystallized piece of the lake clinging to the cliff side. I hope the interior space doesn’t just get jammed into the frame. As impressive as this could look, if the inside space is awkward or cramped it wouldn’t be as successful. But I think this is the right direction, encouraging the merge between bikes, the most sustainable way to get around (besides walking, I suppose) and buildings.

    Jgil says:
  • I like the concept but yet it’s still a manmade wart on the beautiful natural hillside, Mountain bikers also destroy a lot of the natural habitat + this is so unsustainable!!! Green? I dont think so. I’ve seen how Mountain Bikers destroy local habitats in ie: New Zealand, Vancouver Canada, Portland Oregon USA, Parque Nacional Tayrona Colombia, etc how do they destroy these habitats? by driving their f__ing Suvs with they’re bikes mounted on top to the trailheads!

    Luis Blanc says:
  • looks nice
    but the inside looks like they ran out of ideas
    really small rooms
    and i cant see a real concept for the arrangements of the rooms as well

    looks nice … but thats all

    Molly says:

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