Milan-based studio Peter Pichler Architecture has recently unveiled the images of their latest project designed for a new 7-star hotel development close to Kitzbühel, Austria. The project, titled “Tree Suites”, consists of gabled wooden structures encasing glass-walled living that are elevated in the nearby forest of the hotel and that share the public facilities of the hotel like lobby, restaurant, and Spa.
The structure is reachable by a glass elevator that brings you directly up to the room. Each suite, varying between 60m2 to 80m2, will include bathroom and bedroom with glazed facades for stunning views towards the surrounding forest and mountains. The larger units will additionally have a private living room and a sauna in the bathroom.
The project takes inspiration from local vernacular architecture while reinterpreting it in a contemporary way. The connection between men and nature is a fundamental criterion in this project. It should activate and amplify human senses with the use of simple and local materials while slowing down and living a moment within the top of the trees. A spatial experience within nature.
A wooden exoskeleton structure enwraps the entire building and is made of two layers: a diagrid structure and a second layer made of intersecting wood sticks to filter the light and create privacy. During the day, light will be filtered through the structure to create a playful effect of light and shadows. At night, the structures will glow in the forest. The use of wood reflects a local and sustainable material and will give a warm feeling within the spaces and the entire structure.