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Architecture & Design: Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners
The Eden is the first-ever mountain hotel of Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners. Challenged with creating a design that would fit in with the picturesque scenery of the Italian Alps, Citterio decided to go the unexpected route, straying away from the kitsch of “Natale con la neve” (Christmas with snow) in favor of a more ambitious, modern sensibility.
Four tall, narrow buildings form a line in the valley, gracefully connected by transparent catwalks and enclosed by a chestnut fence. The buildings are covered in grey larch wood, fitting in well with the subtle tones of their surroundings, but feature large glass panels to allow for unobstructed mountain views. Embedded in a gentle incline, the hotel is accessible in two ways: via an underground car park, or via an upper-level pedestrian entrance right by the ski slopes. The hotel was designed with sustainability in mind: those glass panels help keep the rooms warm, as do super-insulating packages around the building perimeter that maximize passive heat exchange. The grounds, designed by landscape architect Sophie Agata Ambroise, interact seamlessly with the surrounding Alpine environment. A spontaneous-feeling garden connects the buildings, inspired by the flora of the river flowing in the Valtellina valley below. This combination of sustainability and design enhances the feeling of comfort that distinguishes the hotel.
The interior concept features warm earth tones and natural materials such as wood and leather. A fireplace and whimsical deer sculpture by the reception area welcome visitors. Inside the 27 luxurious rooms and suites – from the spacious singles to the deluxe, 70-square-meter Alpen Suite – carefully chosen furniture makes guests feel at home. The overall atmosphere is one of purity and refinement, a tasteful play on the idea of a cosy Italian mountain villa.