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 27 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=56348>
  • http://yorik.uncreated.net Yorik

    Pretty cool, I liked the circulation system that determines the whole organisation, spatial and volumetric…

  • Mattia

    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.

  • toni

    Build it first, the we talk about it

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  • http://uptodayarch.blogspot.com up_today_arch

    Do not stop generate this kind of ideas, it is very intersting, some times in the future you will build same house in reality.

  • Andrew

    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

    • TTJ

      You are a waste of time

      • Andrew


  • Sander

    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.

  • abe

    Too much noise.

  • alonarch

    well its interesting but i think its like a tumor on the mountain

  • pichon


    • rufus

      a cool sounding middle name, don’t you think?

      • Zea

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

  • http://twitter.com/nicholaspatten/status/12245278505 Nicholas Patten

    Hiding in Triangles. http://bit.ly/anCEmE

  • windzerg

    Build it first please.