2011 · Hotel Colani, Madulain – Switzerland

  • Purchaser: Chesa Colani Investment Circle AG, Madulain (CH).
  • Artist: L. Cariello, Milano.
  • Consulting: G.Baldrati (structures)
  • Collaborators: N. Carlesso, M. Priore, D. Proverbio.

The project covers the complete renovations of the old building and the expansion of the Hotel in the northern side of the property. The new wooden construction, evoking the traditional Engadin’s barn, hides behind the existing buildings. The walls of the new suites are covered with arolla pine and larch wood and the bathrooms are realized in soapstone. The underground spaces, once used as winery, will become the new hotel Spa with hammam, sauna at the ground floor.  The new hall’s structure with two long skylights supports the installation “Steingarten” by artist Letizia Cariello, is a moraine of grey-greenrocks and steel balls suggesting the theme of water in the High Engadine landscape.  The other installation “ Wind is blowing in my direction” consists of five steel trees lining in front of the new glass and wooden façade of the Hotel.  The trees play music thanks to a device activated by the wind along Via Maistra. Through different languages Art and Architecture build upon each other without misunderstandings expressing an intimate relationship with the site and highlighting the wonderful power of the surrounding Nature.Light project by Flos SpaItalia. www.flos.com.(photos by Germano Borrelli)