Architectural insights from the Montafon

In December 2022, the Falkensteiner Hotel Montafon will open its doors for the first time and our guests will experience many magical family moments. The location, as well as the hotel itself, focuses on sustainability and regionality. Architect Patrick Lüth tells us how sustainability and regionality found their way into the construction of our hotel and what challenges arose during the process.
  • What do you pay most attention to in your building projects? 
It is important to us that the concepts we develop together at the beginning of the design process can be read and understood all the way through to implementation and execution. And that after completion, people find their own ways to use and interpret the buildings and spaces.
  • What challenges did you face in planning the Falkensteiner Hotel Montafon? 
With a complex project like the Falkensteiner Hotel Montafon, the short time frame from the competition to the opening of the hotel was naturally a great challenge.
  • How do you approach your projects and where do you draw inspiration from? 
We start all our projects with an intensive examination of the site, the context, the history of the site, the building task, the client and the possibilities for the users. We draw inspiration from these investigations of the context. And in an interdisciplinary process, a viable, strong concept then emerges as the basis for the design. And the design is always a task for the whole team.
  • To what extent were you able to realise the future-oriented concept with the focus on regionality and sustainability in the architecture of the building?  
For the wooden façade of the Falkensteiner Hotel Montafon with its arbours and balconies, we were inspired by the regional architecture of the Montafon. On the one hand, sustainable approaches are evident in the energy supply, for which we use PV systems on the roofs in addition to a local bio heating power plant. Biodiversity roofs are planned for those components that are integrated into the landscape. This means they also provide habitats for fauna and flora. Regionality and sustainability are also reflected in the design of the outdoor areas. There, for example, a meadow orchard and the theme “Edible Landscape” are integrated. A meadow orchard not only contributes to the preservation of old fruit varieties, but it also provides habitats for numerous insects and small mammals.
  • What is special about planning a family hotel? 
The future users are important to us in all projects. And in the case of a family hotel, this is of course, especially for the children. That’s why we focused on children’s play right from the start and integrated this into other functions. Children can already play in the lobby and not only in separate areas that are found in many hotels, e.g. in the basement.
(c) Vudafieri-Saverino Partners
  • How do wellness and children playing fit under one hat?
Children’s play can also be well integrated into swimming pools. These areas then offer added value for the whole family. For “classic” wellness with different treatments, there are of course separate areas where you can also withdraw.
  • What were your initial ideas for Hotel Montafon?
The first ideas can still be seen. The integration of the architecture into the landscape with the two “room bodies” lying on this landscape was a concern for us from the beginning. Just like the mentioned integration of children’s play in all areas of the hotel.
(c) Vudafieri-Saverino Partners
(c) Vudafieri-Saverino Partners
  • What are your favourite areas in a hotel and what do you particularly value?
Actually, the quality of the room is most important to me. When I’m on holiday, I need peace and quiet in the room, a good bed and the most beautiful view possible.
  • Thank you for your time, Patrick, and all the best for your future projects!
© Patrick Lüth // Snøhetta
Architect Patrick Lüth has headed the Snøhetta Studio in Innsbruck since 2011. In 2005, after studying architecture in Innsbruck, he started as an intern at Snøhetta in Oslo. In addition to buildings such as the Oslo Opera House or the underwater restaurant in Lindesnes, Norway, the transdisciplinary office for architecture, landscape and interior design as well as product, graphic and brand design is particularly known for the sensitive interplay between building and landscape. In Innsbruck, Lüth has led projects such as the play tower and restaurant pavilion at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds, the Swarovski Manufaktur, an innovative building for production and creative collaboration, the Perspectives Trail on Innsbruck’s Nordkette or the design study for a new museum quarter in Bolzano, as well as hotel and tourism projects. In 2019, he and his team won the competition for the Falkensteiner Hotel Montafon.

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