peter pichler’s bent concrete villa is designed for a vineyard in south tyrol

peter pichler DESIGNS A VINEYARD villa in northern Italy

an angular concrete residence molded in the majestic alpine landscape of Italy‘s south tyrol. That’s what architecture by peter pichler created with his latest residential project, ‘kastelaz hof’.

the 380 m² residence occupies an elevated site with 360 degree views in the village of termeno, birthplace of the famous ‘gewürztraminer’ grape variety. the project was awarded to italian architects following an invited competition in 2018. the brief was to replace an existing structure in the kastelaz vineyard with a contemporary villa for a local wine family.

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LANDSCAPE-INSPIRED DESIGN

informed by the environment, peter pichler’s architecture fashioned a low, bent form. the architects’ design concept was to create a contemporary building barely noticeable from the village below as well as a fluid and harmonious transition with the landscape.

the house has a horseshoe-shaped plan resulting in an interior courtyard, which offers protection from the strong winds coming from lake garda. lightweight concrete was chosen for the exterior to mirror the color and texture of the chalk retaining walls that surround the vineyard.

peter pichler's folded concrete villa is designed for a vineyard in south tyrol
image © gustav willeit

the program is divided into three “wings” around the central courtyard, which serves to connect the different spaces of the house. the interiors are light and airy thanks to wide glazed facades designed to frame the environment and let the landscape into the interior spaces while maintaining family privacy. this way, residents can enjoy different views: from the terraces of vineyards to the forest behind, to the caldaro lake nearby.

local materials such as concrete and wood have been used inside and out to create a unified architecture and a warm yet simple and minimal atmosphere for the family.

peter pichler's bent concrete villa is designed for a vineyard in south tyrol
image © gustav willeit

peter pichler's bent concrete villa is designed for a vineyard in south tyrol
image © gustav willeit

peter pichler's folded concrete villa is designed for a vineyard in south tyrol
image © gustav willeit

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