A Simple Ski Lodge with Dramatic Mountain Views

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In the Austrian mountain village of Lech, Bernardo Bader Architects has designed a minimal ski lodge that gracefully defers to its incredible setting.

Some 2,000 metres above sea level is the picturesque town of Lech, a ski village that has long been the winter playground of international blue bloods. The late Princess Diana visited regularly and fellow royals, including Princess Caroline of Monaco and King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, are often snapped on the slopes.

This is where Austrian firm Bernardo Bader Architects recently completed Ski Lodge Wolf, a restaurant and rest stop where skiers, famous or not, can refuel while taking in the spectacular views.

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The building is simple in its design, letting the vistas create the most impact. A foundation of reinforced concrete is a nod to the natural stone bases of old European ski lodges, while the pitched roof speaks to the topography of the site. The facade, including a porch that wraps two sides of the building, is clad in rough sawn spruce panels of various widths.

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Natural wood comprises most of the minimal interiors, from floors to walls to furniture. The entrance opens onto a double-height bar with a pitched ceiling made from the same spruce slats as the exterior. This space connects to a dining room for 50 guests, where a large concrete wall with an embedded fireplace runs the length of the room. The other walls feature huge windows that boast incredible views of nearby mountain ranges.

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