The Single Parenting Retreat lies at the southern tip of Lake Garda on a small promontory that offers a breath taking panoramic view of the lake and the Alps beyond. GRAFT designed a building that responds to the specific characteristics of this location.
A green wall around and above the hotel serves as a protective enclosure that is given added colour through seasonal planting that attract birds and butterflies. The motif of the butterfly served as inspiration for the design. The main hotel is divided in two connected (butterfly) wings, reducing the overall volume of the building and creating three thematic ‘bays’ that connect with the landscape: to the east an area for sports and children’s activities, to the north a spa area and pools, and to the west the restaurant and associated outdoor areas.
Visitors pass through a kind of green curtain into the lobby that opens onto the lake and the panorama of the Alps beyond. A tree in the centre of the room connects the different levels vertically while at the same time emphatically ‘rooting’ the building in the ground. From here one can reach all areas of the hotel: the public bar and restaurant on the entrance level, the spa and wellness areas below and the rooms on the upper floors.
Alaa Haddad, Aleksandra Zajko, Cristina Freni, Christopher Nielsen Philippe Grotenrath, Sascha Krückeberg