Silena hotel by noa*: The Alps meet Asia
At the end of the Valler valley in Italy, Noah* (Network of Architecture) has rejuvenated Silena hotel, which combines classic elements and ambience from the Asian world with contemporary accents. Through the design, the architects attempted to bring together two distant cultures with a concept that exudes intimacy and tranquility. Influences of Asian origin as well as nuances of the surrounding moor landscape are reflected in the entire hotel, both in the material and in the color composition.
Hints of Asia begin from the moment of arrival with a redesigned entrance where guests step through a circular wooden portal crafted using a technique that captures the charm of traditional craftsmanship. Aside from the entrance, the renovation also six new suites and a wellness area that seamlessly connects to the existing facilities.
The pool is clad in black exposed concrete steps reminiscent of volcanic rock
all pictures by Alex felt
A PASS TO ASIA
The Architects have turned the entrance into a kind of tunnel that leads visitors to the main building. The view can escape unhindered along the axis that stretches from the northern entrance to the inner garden in the south. To further emphasize the reception, the walls of the entrance area were painted black with a rough spatula technique with a mineral finish. As one wanders through the retreat, references to Asia are subtle yet pervasive, evident in the form of dark oak paired with shades of blue and gray, delicate pine bonsai trees in ceramic pottery, vertical boulders of local stone, and discreet lantern-shaped lights. In addition, an entire wall is dedicated to Tibetan prayer wheels.
Clean lines create a sophisticated atmosphere and add calm to the space, while rustic elements seamlessly combine with wood and minimalist touches. “The living room and tea room are only separated from each other by a thin door frame: they seem to make the transition between Silena’s origin and future visible.” mentions Christian Rottensteiner, Project Lead Architect at Noa* (Network of Architecture).
blurring the lines between inside and outside
The facade of the building offers privacy and transforms the terraces into a semi-private space. Guests experience a comfortable sense of seclusion while enjoying an immersive view of the surrounding landscape. All bespoke furniture and floors in the hotel’s six new suites are made of oak, reflecting the charm of the local nature. Each suite has a small outdoor garden furnished with a bathtub, small flower beds and curtains, evoking symbolic elements of the culture’s rich origins.
Each room is different in size and furnishings, but all are linked by a common design and concept. “Everything is connected to the floor: the bed, the tea ceremony platform, the meditation corner – there is always a pedestal situation that lowers the center of gravity when standing in the room. So you stay firmly rooted to the ground,’ explains Christian Rottensteiner.
The Asian theme continues in the top-floor spa, inspired by onsen springs. The retreat zone houses a relaxation area, showers for traditional cleansing rituals and an open-air pool with a constant 40 degrees. The design is clad in exposed black concrete steps reminiscent of volcanic rock, creating an eye-catching texture with nature as the backdrop. The water cascading over the edge of the infinity pool ripples across the rough concrete surface, creating alluring reflections that enhance Sirena’s serene atmosphere.
The outdoor pool offers visitors a fascinating experience against the backdrop of nature