Zallinger Refuge by NOA*

Zallinger Refuge is a beautiful mountain retreat located in Kastelruth, Italy, designed in 2017 by NOA*.

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About Zallinger Refuge

Revitalizing the Zallinger Refuge

Noa* (network of architecture) set out to enhance the Zallinger Refuge, an old high mountain hotel in Alpe di Siusi. The 2017 project expanded accommodation without disrupting the landscape or environmental balance. It also restored the historic charm of the original village, balancing environmental respect with tradition.

Preserving History, Embracing Modernity

First built in the mid-19th century at 2,200 meters (about 7,218 feet), the Zallinger Hut was surrounded by barns and a church. Over time, these structures evolved, presenting an opportunity to revive the original essence. The project included demolishing an old barn and constructing seven new chalets, aligned with the site’s original layout. The chalets, clad in solid wood blocks, reflect the ancient barns’ structure, reducing window glare and enhancing the alpine ambiance. Opened windows offer spectacular views, while closed panels create soothing light play.

Sustainable Design in a High Mountain Context

Sustainability was key in designing the new spaces. The chalets offer comfort within compact dimensions. Traditional South Tyrolean wood shingles and certified materials define the buildings, which boast Clima Hotel certification thanks to pallet heating. To minimize light pollution and immerse guests in nature, pathways remain unlit, encouraging stargazing.

Complementing the Refuge’s refurbishment, a new strategy reduces car traffic, advocating for environmental preservation. Since 2014, a joint effort with area refuges has led to a centralized car collection point in the valley. Guests now arrive by bus or ‘snow cat’, aligning with the project’s ethos of respecting and embracing the natural setting.

Photography by Alex Filz

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