Hotel Milla Montis | Maranza, South Tyrol, Italy | The Aficionados

Sculpted Cocoon

Taking its cue from the Dolomites panorama that surround it and the local vernacular architecture of the humble wooden barn, Hotel Milla Montis casts a curvilinear skeletal outline that rises up like delicate meringue-whipped peaks. With lead architects Peter Pichler Architektur (PPA) driving the innovative design, whose works have included the cantilevered mountain huts at Obereggen and the mirrored houses in Bolzano, the concept stemmed from a desire to bring nature into a man-made structure – creating an environment where we benefit from proximity to nature, whilst respecting the surrounds that give so much. Dolomite viewing anchored the design blueprint ensuring that the structure of four connected volumes framed the setting with sweeping dramatic vistas from every angle; inside you get a front-row seat and become the audience of purity, a natural splendour. Although distinctively steering sharply away from Alpine traditions of gabled houses and folksy interiors, the soft structure of the Milla Montis sits in harmony with the canvas of mountain peaks. It’s a showstopper of a hotel that needs to be seen and experienced. Its eye-catching frontage largely made of structural glass, sculpted by stone creates futuristic-style bubbles for living, dining and sleeping, where the boundaries between inside and outside are beautifully blurred.

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