ISSUE 18  |  Beyond Bauhaus

Pension Briol: Bauhaus Style in the Alps

May 03, 2012 3:30 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

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A rare example of Bauhaus style in the Alps, Pension Briol has been owned by the same family for more than a century.

In the late 1920s, Viennese painter Hubert Lanzinger (who had married into the family) gutted the existing structure and turned it into a modernist alpine retreat with spacious whitewashed rooms and oversize windows to capture the views; little has changed since—the interior features the original Lanzinger-designed pine furniture, fixtures, and even crockery. Located in the Dolomite mountains of northern Italy, the pension is an hour's trek up a mountain path from the village of Barbiano. Go to Pension Briol for more information.

Interesting sidenote: Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, the 2009 Pritzker Prize laureate, has designed a suite of five treehouses for Briol (still to be built); the plans and watercolors are included in Zumthor: Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture.

Photos via All Things Considered, The Guardian, and Flickr.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on November 30, 2009.