Oberholz Mountain Hut: Design in the Italian Dolomites


As you know, usually mountain huts are characterized by being local, rustic, quaint, and don’t speak the language of design.

Well, get ready, because of the Oberholz Mountain Hut, is nothing like that!  

Just look at this!

I think it’s a wonderful project! Contemporary, bright, and cozy, with a breathtaking view. A wonderful shelter-restaurant located between the peaks of the Dolomites.

The project was managed and implemented in 2017 by the Peter Pichler Architecture Studio in collaboration with the architect Pavol Mikolajcak. Together they came up with the idea to design a new refuge located at 2,000 meters in the Italian Dolomites: Obereggen to be exact.

The building is made entirely with eco-friendly materials. The overwhelming prevalence of wood blends perfectly with the natural environment that surrounds it.

As you will see, the structure takes on the form of a tree which branches out in three directions. Each of these branches faces one of the most important mountains in the area, respectively: Mendel, Corno Nero and Corno Bianco, all of which can be perfectly viewed through the glass facade placed at the end of the three structures, ‘the branches’.

Inside the shelter, the atmosphere is magical. The use of wooden beams for the structure give continuity and do nothing but enhance the curvilinear shape of the building. Every detail is designed to ensure style and perfect hospitality.


There is a restaurant, a small living room, the bar, the kitchen and the roof terrace. It’s not missing anything, don’t you agree?

So, do you like the Oberholz Mountain Hut? Or do you like the classic and rustic structures better? I bet that this new way of creating a mountain retreat has shaken the most conservative of you! What do you think? Well, if you’re heading to Obereggen don’t forget to  let me know what you thought, and tell me how your experience was!

©photos: Oskar Da Riz

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