Located at the foot of the famous ski and hiking area Kronplatz in the Puster Valley at an altitude of about 1350 m, Hotel Hubertus blends the old with the new. This is not just any mountain chalet, but a taste of the future.

Set in a 5000 m² park, Hotel Hubertus features a range of outdoor swimming pools, plus the Alpenreych Spa with saunas and steam baths – plus the largest rooftop terrace in Valdaora. From here you can admire breathtaking views of the Dolomites and the Vedrette di Ries Mountains, in the skiing area Plan de Corones. You can indeed admire the majestic panorama of the Dolomites (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Rieserferner Gruppe from the roof terrace of the hotel, the largest in the area.

The key challange in the project was to create a link between the exisiting building and the new design, in order to keep a uniformal and consistentappearance,” say the architects from noa*, the studio responsible for the project.

By creating an unified, rhythmically alternating facade with native larch tree trunks noa* connects “old and new” in a consistent manner. The homogeneous appearance, following the natural topography of the area, creates the theatrical base for the design of the new, cantilevering pool, which thrones between the old and new accommodation wings, floating between heaven and earth…

But my favourite part is definitely this: reminiscent of a mountain lake, the pool’s transparent floor abolishes the gap between the construction and the landscape, providing the guests with an unusual experience of swimming “in the sky”.

The new sky pool, floating like a natural rock over the new accommodation wing. Without any visible boarders, a width of 5 m, a length of 25 m and a depth of 1,30m the over 17 m cantilevering pool can be seen as completely unique. The position of the pool, which floats 12 m above the ground, at its extreme edge, gives the swimmer the feeling of floating – weightlessly between heaven and earth. This impression is further reinforces by the glass front and a glazed window on the bottom of the pool.

Sparkling, powdery snow, crystal-clear mountain air, breath-taking panoramas, gentle slopes under the winter sun…. Can you honestly imagine something better for the days to come?