Not Your Average Ski Chalet: The Eden Hotel Embraces Both Modernism And Kitsch
November 30, 2012
The new Eden Hotel is the first mountain hotel designed by Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel. Nested in the Italian Alps in the small and ancient resort called Bormio, the retreat is meant to be homey, with a hint of mountain kitsch thrown in for flair. Wood, glass and stone come together in simple shapes that blend with the colors and features of the surrounding landscape; while large glass expanses and earth-tinted finishes make guests feel one with the nature even when they are inside. Continue.
Surrounded by a dreamy garden designed by landscape architect Sophie Agata Ambroise, the hotel is composed by four narrow volumes clad in grey larch wood. The buildings are connected with transparent skywalks that offer sweeping vistas of the mountains. With a double access from the underground parking and via an upper-level pedestrian entrance right by the ski slopes, the reception area features a cosy fireplace and natural finishes such as wood and leather for an instant welcome feel. The 27 rooms and suites are uniquely decorated with carefully curated accessories and nature-inspired panels by artist Mary degli Angiuoni.
Famous for its thermal baths, Bormio has been a tourist attraction for millennia: members of the Roman aristocracy traveled there to enjoy the warm springs in the mountainous scenery. Most of these same thermal baths are still in use today, and Citterio himself recalls fond memories of the place from his childhood. The building is imbued with moments of this nostalgia without being beholden to outmoded forms or sentiment.
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