Primarily designed for a competition back in 2015, the Oberhulz Mountain Hut, a restaurant made entirely out of locally-sourced wood, has just opened to the public. The winning cantilevered design is constructed 6500 feet high in the Dolomites Mountain Range, one part of the Italian Alps identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The elegant structure is true to its main concept – purposely following the mountain’s slope and spreading out like three branches of a fallen tree. The interiors of these branches are just as significant and expressive as the façade. Each section is separated from the other with protruding wood trusses that extend their lengths from the ceiling down to the walls. This classic structural design, in turn, transforms the three sections into intimate pockets and, with the use of a glass wall façade, offers users uninterrupted views of the surroundings. All furniture used is made of local oak.
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The homogenous architecture is a nod to the existing environment, including the nearby huts. It was conceived by Milan-based design firm Peter Pichler Architecture in collaboration with Architect Pavol Mikolajcak.