noa* (network of architecture) rethinks the family resort Ulrichshof and transforms the former farm into an exploratory world of senses. The architects, designers, psychologists, hunters, textile designers and lighting artists came up with a bottom up approach for the entire project. “It was pretty much all there already, but elements were out of sight, they did not communicate with each other and were hiding beneath the forest, the farm and the existing hotel”, explains Stefan Rier from noa*.
The former farm, the Bavarian forest, the exceptional location, a building with an intense history and the intuition to discover the potentials of the hidden things, were the key elements that inspired both Lukas Rungger and Stefan Rier.
Together with their network of architecture they conceived and developed a sustainable concept for the future of the hotel. “During the initial design phase we walked for hours through the nearby forest, we sitting for hours in the old barns to get inspiration, watching and discovering the beauty of the ensemble”, says Lukas Rungger.
Those moments were fundamental, and really inspiring. The darkness of the woods evolved into magical stories of foxes, fairies and ghosts. Architecture and Interior Design as an entity rich in contrastsThe Bavarian forest forms the narrative frame for the entire resort, it works as a script. The architectural shapes of the existing farms act like a protective wall around the newly conceived ensemble of the project.
noa* managed to add a contemporary momentum, while still being very respectful: not a single volume is higher than the surrounding trees. Fairytales without kitsch and pomp“Children need fairy-tales” is the title of Bruno Bettelheim’s, which inspired the composition of the interiors. Bridges, paths and alleys border the central lobby.
They are in contrast toward the organic shapes of architecture and design elements. The reference to the outside is communicated amongst typical trees of the Bavarian Forest in the interior itself. The furniture is a design consequence of noa*s collective work ethos: curtains, lamps and sofas are all inspired by the magic of the place.
These are points of contact; they invite to make every single moment a moment of desire. .