Project Name: Seehof: A Garden Architecture

Location: Natz-Schabs, Brixen, Southtyrol, Italy

Date Completed: April 2017

Interior Designer: noa* network of architecture

Architect: noa* network of architecture

Construction Company: Oberegger OHG, Vahrn/Varna

The Hotel Seehof is located on a high plateau near the village of Natz-Schabs/Naz-Sciaves near Brixen/Bressanone by the small natural lake “Flötscher Weiher”. The location in the middle of the mountains gives the hotel an alpine character with a Mediterranean flair. The main building is reminiscent of a stately residence in the countryside; Deep loggias, as open spaces, visually enlarge the suites and thus intensify the special connection with nature. The new rough, earth-coloured plaster combined with the new clear, horizontal wooden structure gives the hotel a noble appearance.

The new spa area with pool and sauna area connect structurally with the surrounding landscape and impressively opens up with its irregular potholes and pergolas through large panorama windows towards the lake. Directed views from the interior into the surrounding grounds, as well as inside open areas, so-called patios, concisely convey the feeling of being in a large park. The design of the outdoor areas also play an important role. A natural unity was created here, in which the space can be walked through on different paths. Contemplative dwellings are spread around the lakeshore.

The new interior design deals with the history of the area and incorporates it into the design: In 1958, Jakob Auer, grandfather of the land-owner, founded the so-called soil improvement consortium on the Natz-Schabs/Naz-Sciaves apple tree plateau, in order for the traditional cultivation of apple trees to be intensified. The widely used water pipes used at the time become an inspiration for the interior design. Copper pipes, which can be seen throughout the house, are consciously accentuated as a design element: in the bedrooms; the lamps, small tables, bathroom fittings and wardrobe hooks. In the spa-reception area pipes form an extraordinary view on the wall and ceiling. Special attention and incorporation of natural materials from the surrounding environment, was a focus point in the interior design. Wood, linen, stone, braided furniture and accessories in combination with bright, discreet colors correspond to the natural concept of the new Seehof.