If wining and dining amidst luxurious views of the Italian Dolomites sounds like a dream vacation, you can now do exactly that. In 2015, Peter Pichler Architecture and Pavol Mikolajcak Architekt won a competition to design the stunning Obereggen Mountain Hut. The building, which also contains a restaurant, towers over the picturesque Oberholz Slope at 2,096 meters (6,877 feet) above sea level.
The Obereggen Mountain Hut is a modern take on the classic Stube, which is a type of structure common to the area. It offers visitors a cozy place to relax and to focus on the pleasure of viewing the surrounding environment. The alpine hut fans into three distinct sections that are each laid out to face a nearby mountain. Large, panoramic windows and sunny terraces afford an incredible 360° view of the UNESCO World Nature Heritage Site.
To construct the hut, builders used materials sourced entirely from local wood. The structure and geometric interiors are made from spruce, while all of the furniture inside is oak. In addition to using trees as the chosen medium, the architects reference its essence in their design. The exterior mimics the gesture of a fall tree with many “branches” that emerge from the slope.
For those interested in visiting, the mountain hut can be reached directly by taking the adjoining chairlift from the Oberholtz station. From there, the path leads along the ski slope directly to the panorama terrace, which simultaneously serves as the hut’s entrance lobby. Let the alpine adventures begin!