Hiding in Triangles / Philip Modest Schambelan + Anton Fromm

Schambelan + Fromm teamed together to design a mountain bike hotel in Pregasina, .   The hotel seems to cling to the side of a mountain, approximately 500 meters above the northern tip of Lake Garda.  With the project’s geometric contorted aesthetic and proximity to a variety of routes, trails and single tracks, the hotel intends to attract extreme sports enthusiasts who would be visiting the Alps.

More about the hotel after the break.

With a site that offers such breathtaking views, the project wanted to maximize the residents’ exposure to the mountain slopes and offer complete mountain bike access at all levels.  Each unit has a full and individual accommodation of riders and sports equipment as well as a  north-east orientation to views of the lake and mountain.

The rooms are pulled away from the mountain’s back to allow a zones of access routes to connect to the units.  These access routes form two different paths which are connected on the top and bottom floor. This system of a contiguous band provides an optimal pathways in terms of trafficability and the access to each residential unit. Each access element is tilted 12 degrees, which allows the routes to change both by the natural curve of the mountain, as well as by the decreasing distance between the building and the mountain in the vertical direction.

This system generated the fixed points in the front supporting framework, as well as spaces in the metal braiding.   The voids between the framework become the residential units.  ”The structure is stabilized by three cores, which provide access to the rooms. Thus, way and construction form a unit that defines the form.”

Project Name:  Hiding in Triangles / Diploma

Architect: Philip Modest Schambelan + Anton Fromm

Location: Pregasina, Lago di Garda, Italy

Use: Mountain Bike Hotel

Structure: steel / polycarbonate (residential units)

Constructed Area: 1500 m2

Design Period: 15.10.2009 – 30.1.2010

Construction Period: hopefully the future

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Hiding in Triangles / Philip Modest Schambelan + Anton Fromm" 13 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 15 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=56348>


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    A lot of work and much eye-catching architecture but…

    why choosing a spot that is the least appropriate place to build? in pregasina there is a stunning view on the lake and perfect solar exposure even from the small town located in a more protected and less wind-blown place some 300m from this rock, so what’s the point beyond showing some “architectural magic”?

    a place is not an exploitable thing, it’s possibility in the hands of the architect or engineer, it’s not a stage for a show.

    taking for granted that such a building is feasible, what’s hard to demonstrate in my opinion.

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    an idea nobody needs
    except for a few rich people
    nothing more than a design that wouldnt work in reality
    graphic masturbation

    what a waste of time

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    Interesting project, there’s massive tension in this. The interior is somewhat disappointing though, ‘maximizing the residents’ exposure to the mountain slopes’ is not reaaly what I see, at least not in this interior image.

    If this ever goes up, I’m definitely gonna pay it a visit.

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        Мodest ist nice, , genauso gut wie Philip. Мелкие завистники! все равно к чему прицепиться к проекту, к имени ….

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