February 13, 2021

Apfelhotel Torgglerhof by NOA* Network of Architecture: 2020 Best of Year Winner for Resort

Photography by Alex Filz.

In the mountainous South Tyrol region of Italy, the Apfelhotel Torgglerhof property chronicles a family’s history dating to the 17th century and its evolution from farmland to super-charming hotel. The synopsis goes like this: In 1978, one of the sons built a small guest house and restaurant. NOA* Network of Architecture joined the story in 2016, renovating the barn for guest rooms and the building to accommodates a restaurant and reception areas. In 2020, the Bolzano-based studio expanded the landscape. 

Photography by Alex Filz.

This new chapter introduces two plot lines—a trio of buildings for 18 new guest accommodations plus a wellness facility. Concealed within the topography, this “green heart,” as the design team calls it, has a semi-exposed concrete shell with a wooden entry portal. In addition to changing and massage rooms, it boasts a Finnish sauna composed of curved wooden slats on its upper level and a pool stretching outside through the overgrown green facade. 

Photography by Alex Filz.

All told, the resort now comprises seven buildings, temporarily shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apfelhotel, by the way, is named for the apples cultivated in the valley. Torgglerhof is the old name of the family farm.

Project Team: Lukas Rungger; Christian Rottensteiner; Franco Zagato; Barbara Runggatscher; Joanna Lehnis.

> See the full list of winners and honorees from Best of Year 2020

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