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Architect and engineering studio en.ar[tec] headed by lead architect, artist and skilled restorer Andreas Vallazza based in the South Tyrolean hamlet of Vahrn, close to Brixen. Enartec is a multi-disciplinary design and planning studio which brings together a dynamic team of architects and civil engineers in a single source.
Aesthetics and functionality, technologies and materials – Enartec act as technicians with years of experience in implementation planning, bringing desire and feasibility to a common denominator.
The Aficionados first encountered Enartec when we found the Niedermairhof guesthouse in Brunico (Bruneck), South Tyrol – a small design den of considerate restoration of a building dating back some 600 years.
Architect Andreas Vallazza was commissioned to rethink, salvage, preserve, and facilitate a new addition to a farmhouse mentioned as early as 1304. The oldest foundations date from around 1500. For the renovation, however, the last modification from 1904 was relevant. Both the facade and design were based on the Art Nouveau style typical of the time of origin.
Taking back the farmhouse to the bare architectural bones revealed the vaulted ceiling hights and features salvaged and repaired. The modern extension to the existing structure folds across the rear for the house in a spectacular vernacular clad in blackened sheet steel, like a nest.
With architecture spanning back over 600-years to the age of emperors, Niedermairhof's renovated farmhouse in Brunico (Bruneck), South Tyrol, has watched over the tilling of earth for many generations. Now a nature-inspired design den where clever acoustic innovations mingle with intimate historic details, Niedermairhof is so much more than just a B&B.
A costly enterprise, Niedermairhof’s renovation is saturated with intimate historic details and has a dazzling focus on proportions, from top to toe.
The disarmingly narrow appearance of the collar-beam roof needed the benefit of iron supports, but has maintained its charming waistline with clever perspective tricks, and lots of builder negotiations. If ever a renovation was a project of love, this was it.
Acoustics were fine-tuned to perfection and innovative moments in architecture and design saw to it that, in a house as old as this one, next door need hear nothing at all – whether you be partying on down or staying up to all hours.
Two years in to the initial build, with a solid architectural structure under their (possibly looser) belts, Kathrin and Helmuth finally declared “the house lives”. From that moment on enter antique locks formed into door handles, windows expertly placed to make the most of light and quirky geometric proportions gracing the outside building, sheltering you elegantly from the rain.
For a perfect day-escape up into the South Tyrolean mountains have a peek in our Travel Journal at architectural masterpiece, Zaha Hadid's Messner Mountain Museum (a ten-minute drive from the cable cars). Chillax in cultured cool with our Culture Kids, and if renovated beauties are your thing, catch up with our Restoration Dens - design hotels that have been loved, and loved, and loved again.