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Hubertus Pool Olang

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Hotel Hubertus

The Hotel Hubertus is located in Valdaora, at the foot of the famous ski and hiking area Kronplatz in the Puster Valley at an altitude of about 1350 m.

The family establishment was generously enhanced and enlarged with 16 new suites, a new kitchen with restaurants and “Stuben”, an entrance area with lobby, reception and wine cellar and a fitness and a relaxation room with panoramic terraces.

The new 25 m long pool, functioning as a connector between old and new, underlines the essence of this comprehensive renovation and renewal project.

Hubertus Pool

The new Hubertus Pool, which imposingly rests in-between the two accommodation wings, seems like a floating rock, come to rest at the site, overlooking the valley. The hidden edges of the pool, kept in anthracite-coloured stone, abolish the gap between pool and landscape, creating the impression of the water flowing into nothing, disappearing between pool and landscape.

The pool metaphorically reminds of a mountain lake, nestled into the astonishing mountainscape of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Dolomites.

Challenge

The key challenge in the project was to create a link between the existing building and the new design, in order to keep a uniformal and consistent appearance. The debarked larch trunks, which were used as multifunctional façade elements for the existing and new building, succeed in creating this aesthetical connection. The multifunctional façade elements of debarked larch trunks create an optical link between existing and new, maintaining the homogeneous appearance of the project. They not only support the dynamics of the curved façade, but function also as sunscreens, room dividers and rain protectors, further enhancing the feeling of privacy and in addition to this forming the static basis for the cantilevering pool and façade.

Floating

Hubertus Pool is floating like a natural rock over the new accommodation wing. Without any visible boarders, a width of 5 m, a length of 25 m and a depth of 1,30 m the over 17 m cantilevering pool can be seen as completely unique.

The position of the pool, which floats 12 m above the ground, at its extreme edge, gives the swimmer the feeling of floating – weightlessly between heaven and earth. This impression is further reinforced by the glass front and a glazed window on the bottom of the pool.

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Zionskirchstr 56
I – 39100 Bolzano

Zionskirchstraße 56
D – 10119 Berlin

Address

Hotel Hubertus
Via Furcia, 5
I – 39030 Sorafurcia

Opening

2016

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