Gorgeous new chalets open in UNESCO heritage Dolomites region

by | Feb 5, 2019 | Design

The historic Zallinger resort in Italy has added some amazing new chalets to its existing ski accommodation

A historic mountain resort has been catapulted into the 21st century with some cosy, comfortable and contemporary new ski chalets that join its main lodge.

We take a look inside the stunning design of the new additions to the Zallinger resort in the Italian Dolomites.

New lease on life

Zallinger started off as a quaint mountain village in the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Italy.

Dating back 160 years, what began as a collection of less than 10 buildings has been replaced over the years with newer constructions, but still retains the incredible feeling of openness and isolation that this particular region of Italy is known for.

The ski resort here appears as something of an Alpine village, with a church central to the village’s landscape. Some new additions to the existing accommodations have breathed new life into the Seiser Alm berghaus, which will now feature six new chalets, adding 24 new guest rooms to the existing 12 in the main building.

Alpine design at its finest

The new chalets are, in many ways, typical of the kind of accommodation you would expect to find in the Alps.

But on closer inspection, their detailing, construction and internal environment sets them apart.

Organised in a cluster at varying angles to each other, the chalets blend into the surrounding landscape, their gently sloping pitched roofs being covered easily in snow.

The facades of the chalets have been constructed from a distinctive Blockbau, a staggered wooden screen system that gives the external walls and the internal corridors.

Here, it has also been used a strong architectural character, while at the same time generating the warmth associated with timber Alpine construction.

Comfort and disconnection

The Zallinger resort operates on the basis that “a good day always begins with a good night”.

That is why their rooms are designed to be as comfortable and cosy as possible.

Decked out in pale larch or Swiss pine panelling, luxurious white bed linen and atmospheric lighting designs, guests can relax, unwind and fully disconnect, as there are few places to connect to WiFi, and even fewer distractions such as TV or even mobile phone reception.

Guests can instead appreciate the landscape with fantastic views framed through the generous windows, or get some fresh air on the balcony overlooking the stunning mountains beyond.

Let’s take a look at a few other projects currently underway in the Alps:

Hotel Project Amtshaus Hallstat 

Radisson Blu Reussen Andermatt 

Ameron Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa 


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