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Bühelwirt in South Tyrol / Ahrntal

Bühelwirt in South Tyrol

 

Modern Alpine Architecture. The Bühelwirt in the South Tyrolean Ahrntal is an example of what we had in mind when we decided to include hotels and accommodations in the next edition of the Makers Bible. It represents, to us ‘modern alpine architecture’. This hiking hotel was re-constructed in 2017 and now combines the older inn with a modern extension, creating the link between today and the world of yesterday, a spectacular reference to the place and its history.

The Bühelwirt in the South Tyrolean Ahrntal is an example of what we had in mind when we decided to include hotels and accommodations in the next edition of the Makers Bible. It represents, to us ‘modern alpine architecture’. This hiking hotel was re-constructed in 2017 and now combines the older inn with a modern extension, creating the link between today and the world of yesterday, a spectacular reference to the place and its history.

 

The extension was realized by Pedevilla Architects from Bruneck. For us this is modern alpine architecture. For Pedevilla it is sustainable building practice; represented not only by energy efficiency, but a conscience in terms of social, cultural, economic and ecological components. The connection to existing regional structures has a role, such as responding to climate influences or the selection of ecological building materials that can be found in the immediate surroundings.

The Bühelwirt is located in the idyllic San Giacomo at 1200m altitude, a small village and is the perfect starting point for hikes in this region. You enter the hotel via the old inn where time seems to have stopped. On Sundays, after church, the locals come here for a coffee, or a glass of wine or beer. The surprise hides on the back of the house. Old meets modern here at Bühelwirt where the original hotel has been expanded with an addition of a modern, but minimalistic building that blends with the natural surroundings of the area. A bridge connects the two buildings so guests can seamlessly go between the historical and the modern.

 

Bühelwirt in South Tyrol

 

Again, and again, impressive views reveal themselves through the windows to the surrounding landscape and nature. Looking through the windows in the new restaurant area it feels like watching on a constantly changing painting and it is difficult to escape these views. In the rooms, these views pop up again and again. There are deep window niches that serve as a kind of sofa and invite you to rest, read and linger. A fantastic simplicity.

This serenity and simplicity can be found as well in the kitchen. Local, fresh, natural, genuine! On top, the excellent wine selection to which one of the hosts Matthias personally advises and makes his recommendations. In general, the innkeepers Michaela and Matthias are wonderful hosts, making them Makers for our next edition of the Makers Bible on the cultural space of the Alps. The Bühelwirt is what the word “hospitality” means to us while travelling through the Alps.

The Bühelwirt is also a featured destination in our latest issue “The Alps“.

Photography: Gustav Willeit

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