Antonio Citterio designed the Eden Hotel, four weathered woody blocks with lots of glass sandwiched by stone up in the Alpine Valtellina, almost on the Swiss border. It opened last year, barely a stone’s throw from Bormio town centre and the ski slopes – or all you need for golf, cycling and walking in summer. Built on sloping ground, the segmented, linear structure nestles comfortably in its surroundings, remarkable but unobtrusive in grey cladding. Large windows and glass walls make for snowy reflections or a warm glow come evening – and magnificent mountain views from inside.
The interiors are high-altitude but low-key. Larch panelling, stone floors and essential, modern furniture in natural wood. Colours are neutral. A design statement quietly delivered. The Eden Hotel offers stardard rooms and various suites, 27 in all and no two quite the same. A glass-walled restaurant serves breakfasts without additives as well as dinners. There’s a wellness area too, equipped with Turkish bath and sauna. And eco-design is a point of pride at the Eden. Citterio practiced sustainable techniques, optimizing passive thermal exchange in the building through high-insulation materials in perimeter walls, heat-saving window design and high-perfomance glass.