peter pichler's folded concrete villa is designed for a vineyard in south tyrol

Oct 28, 2021

an angular concrete dwelling molded into the majestic alpine landscape of italy‘s south tyrol. that’s what peter pichler architecture has created with its latest residential project, ‘kastelaz hof’.

the 380 sqm residence occupies an elevated site with 360 views in the village of termeno, home of the famous ‘gewürztraminer’ grape variety. the project was awarded to the italian architects following an invited competition in 2018. the brief was to replace an existing structure in the kastelaz vineyard with a contemporary villa for a local wine-producing family.

informed by the surroundings, peter pichler architecture shaped a low, folded form. the architects‘ design concept was to create a contemporary building that’s barely noticeable from the village below as well as a flowing and harmonious transition with the landscape.

the house has a horseshoe-shaped plan resulting in an internal courtyard, which offers protection from the strong winds coming from lake garda. light concrete was chosen for the exterior to mirror the color and texture of the chalkstone retaining walls that enclose the vineyard.

the program is split into three ‘wings’ around the central courtyard, which serves to connect the different spaces of the house. the interiors are light and airy thanks to wide glass façades that are designed to frame the surroundings and to let the landscape enter the indoor spaces while maintaining the family’s privacy. in this way, residents can enjoy various views: from the vineyard terraces to the forest behind, to the nearby lake caldaro.

local materials such as concrete and wood have been used both inside and out to create a unified architecture and a warm yet simple and minimal atmosphere for the family.

image © gustav willeit

project info:

name: kastelaz hof

location: termeno, south tyrol, italy architecture: peter pichler architecture

built ground floor area: 380 sqm / 340 sqm garage

status: invited competition 1st prize

year: 2020

peter pichler architecture team: PPA principals: peter pichler, silvana ordinas PPA competition design team: peter pichler, gianluigi d’aloi- sio, daniele colombati, giovanni paterlini, cem ozbasaran PPA project team: peter pichler, simona alù, giovanni paterlini, cem ozbasaran construction company: bernard bau engineering: pföstl & helfer

MEP: energytech façade: MGP finiture glass façade: wolf fenster lighting: lightstudio drywall: maler kritzinger photography: gustav willeit, samuel holzner

drone photography: gustav willeit