Falkensteiner Family Resort Lido by noa*
A highly successful hotel has to be renovated without losing its identity, but rather strengthening it in terms of aesthetics, sustainability and services. This is the issue addressed by studio noa* in the redesign of the Falkensteiner Family Resort Lido in Casteldarne, in the Pustertal valley.
The aim of the project was to add new spaces and functionalities that would reinforce this vocation, creating a kind of playground for the little guests and, at the same time, a place where parents could relax. A defining point of the project was also the beautiful Alpine surroundings, in which the hotel complex was meant to blend in harmoniously.
The traditional gable roof of the old hotel complex was replaced by a large wave structure that covers new and existing buildings, sloping down on both sides until it disappears into the ground. It is a kind of hill that blends in with the landscape by covering itself with vegetation, and that transforms into a ski slope, skating rink, playground, adventure park, leisure and recreation area.
Playing on the Roof
The roof designed by noa* spans 300 metres in length over an area of 4,900 square metres and reaches a height of 18 metres at its centre. It is a highly innovative element in terms of shape, size and materials used. The structure was made of reinforced concrete in the newly built part, while a system of steel beams and wood was used in the parts where it rests on the existing building.
It is clad with metal shingles that, like a second skin, perfectly follow the curves and undulations of the roof. On this spacious roof, traversed by a loop trail where guests can enjoy a pleasant walk, is a recreational park offering various stations for sports and entertainment. One of the two slopes, the one to the east, is partly occupied by the 163-metre-long ski slope with a carpet lift.
Whilst open to all resort guests, it is particularly suitable for children, who can learn to ski with the help of an instructor without leaving the hotel. Moreover, the artificial bottom allows year-round use, as is also the case with the skating rink, which is located at the highest point of the deck. On the other side, facing west, there is a large fitness area for the whole family, a bobby car track and an elevated mini adventure park, under which there is a field for football, basketball and other activities.
Here, a 120-metre-long water slide winds its way over the lake to an area underground which is occupied by other play zones and the swimming pool. The slide stands out against the landscape with its bright yellow spirals and becomes the symbol of a place that isdedicated to the recreation and adventure of its young guests in every way. Throughout the entire complex, recreational spaces are interspersed with green areas that create continuity with the forests in the valley.
A New Aesthetic
In addition to the choice of a single colour for all the wall structures, the use of geometric patterns in natural wood that give rhythm to the building, evoking the aesthetic of old alpine barns, should also be highlighted. The relationship between the resort and the small lake it overlooks has also been ‘redesigned’, with the creation of an artificial hill along one bank, under which the adults’ spa is located. A large new terrace opens out onto the lakefront and the partially covered swimming pool which overflows onto the water mirror, giving guests the sensation of being authentically immersed in nature.
Nature and Play for the Interior
The noa* team has designed the resort’s interior, both new and existing parts, which have been newly styled and, in some cases, expanded. The restaurant, which has been extended to include a terrace and a play area for children, has been distributed across three levels to allow all diners to enjoy the view of the lake.
In the newly created buffet area, on the other hand, a lively market atmosphere has been recreated with a variety of different shaped stations in the form of small houses or wooden trolleys on wheels. Different heights allow children to access them and wide visibility of
the kitchen areas and thus of the food being prepared.
The entrance and reception area of the hotel retain their original layout but are given a new look. Here, the presence of numerous pillars inspired a new design language characterised by round shapes, bright colours and decorations referencing the flora and fauna of the forest. Finally, a cosy space with swings and merry-go-rounds for the little ones is flanked by a lounge for parents.
A Nest in the Room
The noa* project also added 36 new rooms to the existing 82. It was an opportunity to define a new room type that, in its different variations, characterises the resort’s offer for families. The rooms include an area for parents and an area for children, which are separated by a sliding partition, and a large bathroom with washbasins at different heights. Source by noa*.
Location: Ehrenburg/Casteldarne, Pustertal Valley, South Tyrol, Italy
Client: Falkensteiner Hotels & Residences
Project volume: 29,300 m3
Gross project area: (garage and technical spaces excluded) 6,000 m2
Completion: December 2021
Photographs: Alex Filz, Courtesy of noa*