Vigilius Mountain Resort, an invitation to “simply be, arrive, indulge…”, where eco means design and natural beauty.
In purest crisp Alpine air, 1,500 meters above sea level, the Vigilius Mountain Resort in Italy’s South Tyrol is accessible only by cable car.
No roads, no traffic, no noise. Inspirational, stunning views of the surrounding Dolomites, a UNESCO world heritage site, with ever-changing colours, act as the backdrop for this eco-inclined mountain hideaway where awareness coexists with aesthetics, and everything revolves around nature and landscape.
Moreover, green roof, a biomass power plant using waste wood from the surrounding forest, temperature-regulating clay walls for the rooms and suites, and other features contribute to the resort’s aggressive energy-saving climate management philosophy.
Indeed, the resort not only uses wood chips for biomass heating but nearby wood suppliers can drop waste chips through the building’s green roof for a fast, easy, and environmentally-friendly refueling.
Diminishing the borders between architecture and nature, architect Matteo Thun used wood, glass, and the guiding principles of “organic architecture”, to build this unique hideaway. True to Thun’s ecologically friendly approach to design, Vigilius Mountain Resort is built with conservation firmly rooted in its founding ethos. Internally heated stone partitions in the 41 rooms warm the interiors in the most efficient and pleasant way possible. A unique sensory experience is created by the use of naturally scented larch wood throughout: floors are covered in the roughly patterned wood, with a fine grain used for paneling and finishes, and a fluted look for the doors.
At Vigilius Mountain Resort, the crystal clear natural treasure (water) flows through all the pipes: in the infinity pool you swim in the purest mineral water and guests exclusively enjoy the precious water from Bärenbad in the whirlpool, in the shower, while brushing their teeth or enjoying as drinking water.
Around the corner from the hotel, a gorgeous hydroelectric power plant (built by Monovolume architects) taps a clean, never-ending power source—a waterfall—that would otherwise be wasted. Here is a power plant that blends seamlessly into the hillside rather than blighting the landscape. One look and you come to understand that energy solutions can be opportunities for creativity.
source: Design Hotels