Meadow houses

Two silent sculptures in the landscape

New exclusive living spaces complement the historic rooms of the Zirmerhof.A linear maisonette and a small rounded pavilion. Two discreet structures lying on the lawn in front of the historic courtyard. Two minimal structures that do not interfere with the view of the landscape from the terrace and the other rooms. The desire to add very special spaces for the traveller. Two simple buildings, with rounded lines, covered with wooden shingles, two templates reminiscent of historic hay barns, which fit harmoniously into the context. Shingles, therefore, to emphasise the attention to traditions that distinguishes the Zirmerhof from others. Sizes and texture of the materials are worked out with local craftsmen.Generous openings to admire the landscape with windows from the good old, classic times on the mountain. Arcades with round wooden arches to catch up with the other historic buildings. Furnishings that reflect the character of the local tradition.Two silent sculptures in the landscape.From November 2019 to the end of June 2020, the houses of the meadow were built.


"The spirit of the Zirmerhof is truly unique. It may be the position, the landscape, the building itself, or it may be the air, the furniture and the furnishings, everything has its own character that only exists there, on this mountain and with this view of the Adige Valley. But the valley is not seen, the Adige is not seen, the towns that populate it are not seen! And yet it is right down there! But the hand position leads the view further, out to the mountain ranges, to the peaks of the Dolomites, which are covered with snow for most of the year.You visit the Zirmerhof to be inspired. Everything there is inspiration. Outside and inside the forest, outside and inside the restaurant, outside and inside the hotel, wherever the eye rests, the spirit rests, regenerates and recovers. It is enough to let go and everything recomposes itself harmoniously. Nothing is static or has a lethargic effect, but it is dynamic with a soothing revitalising result.All the details from nature are combined with the details of the architecture, which, despite ancient origins, has maintained its noble beauty and authentic simplicity over the years, effortlessly integrating all the necessary technological adaptations.Today, two small buildings are added, right next to the entrance under the restaurant terrace. They are two entirely wooden objects expressly designed not to obstruct the view and to 'furnish' the lawn that stretches towards the valley. They have a round roof, without edges or peaks, with a delicate coating of larch shingles.The rooms are on the ground floor, with direct access to the lawn, and on the first floor, which is directly accessible from the paved forecourt, as it has been over the centuries. The first floor is also the attic at the same time, just as it is in the old stables, downstairs are the cows and upstairs is the stable.Everything is made of wood and everything has been explicitly designed with a great sensitivity to the place, from the doors to the windows, from the walls with the curved profile to the furniture. Everything echoes the old philosophy of the Zirmerhof, where everything is a detail, everything deserves its attention and care, so that wherever you look, the spirit finds its peace and nothing disturbs it."Michele De Lucchi, January 2020

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Michele De Lucchi

The architect and designer with a preference for wood

Architect and designer Michele De Lucchi is a romantic and loves his Memphis-style silk ties. His name is associated with the Milanese design group Memphis - like that of his former mentor Ettore Sottsass. Michele De Lucchi, born in Ferrara in 1951, was one of the co-founders of this anti-design movement in 1980, which turned against the prevailing rules of functionalism. De Lucchi is both a designer and an architect. He has planned and built many prestigious buildings, especially for Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. In addition, he has been designing for his friend Alberto Alessi's company for many years, most recently the Plissé kettle, but also for Artemide, Cassina, Danese or Riva 1920. Text from Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazin

Michele De Lucchi came to the Zirmerhof at the invitation of his friend Giuseppe Varchetta. At the time, Sepp Perwanger wanted to rebuild a farm and sought his advice. There was already a proposal. A house with huge wooden shingles and a Fiat 500 in front of the door. But the idea was not yet ripe in Sepp Perwanger's mind. But then!  Now we made something even more beautiful together!

Michele De Lucchi is one of the truly great architects and designers of our time, with a great deal of sensitivity and infinitely bubbling creativity. Wood is his preferred material. And wood is available at the Zirmerhof, as you know. He builds bridges in Tbilisi, hotels in Japan, Georgia, Shanghai. Libraries, churches and many other objects in many places all over the world. He builds for fashion designers and presidents but also for Sepp Perwanger, the innkeeper, the forest and mountain farmer.

It was his first project in South Tyrol. Michele De Lucchi was supported in the execution by Arch. Robert Veneri on site.
aMDL Michele De Lucchi Studio

Our trees grow slowly

Tangible with all senses

The love of the forest has existed at the Zirmerhof for generations. At this altitude, our own forest produces first-class woods such as spruce, fir, Swiss stone pine and of course the valuable larch. Hardwoods play a subordinate role. For centuries, the Zirmerhof has used its own wood. This is also the case now.

During the planning with Arch. Michele De Lucchi in June 2018, we agreed to build with our own wood, of course. We had also already looked at the suitable trees for these two houses on walks. We could not have known at the time that the storm of 29 October 2018 brought about 3,800 cubic metres to the ground in the Zirmerhof forest. And in the process, the Zirmerhof property still got off lightly. Other forest farmers and communities have had to suffer many times the damage. Timber prices, even for very good qualities, plummeted.
We took this as an opportunity to reserve the best of the windthrow for these houses. Part of it is firewood for the hotel and another was taken from our long-time customer "Berti Legnami", right here in Castello die Fiemme. In times of crisis it is good to be able to trust each other. The logs from the Zirmerhof have thus received a fair price. They are among the most sought-after far and wide.

Why is wood so valuable?
As part of the natural cycle, wood is the model of all recycling. The natural material is easy to work with, yet constructions made of the ecological material outlast generations. Wood is one of the materials that has been used by people for the longest time: in addition to its easy workability and diverse uses, wood has many other properties that make it an ideal building material - examples include its good thermal insulation properties, its high stability (for pressure, tensile and bending forces) and its moisture-regulating effect on indoor air. The mechanical load-bearing capacity of wood is in some cases significantly higher than the strength of steel. In addition, wood is regionally available and CO2-neutral.