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Breitenbach Landscape Hotel, France

Bas-Rhin Resort Development in Alsace, Northeast France Accommodation design by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Updated 19 Jan 2021

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel

Design: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Norway

Location: Breitenbach, Bas-Rhin department, Alsace, north-eastern France

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel

Photos © Florent MICHEL / 11h45

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel proposes a holistic and a true ecotourism experience in Alsace, inspired by Scandinavian traditions and building on the region’s culinary, wellness, and nature opportunities.

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel

Perched on the heights of the Alsatian village of Breitenbach, the landscape hotel 48° Nord reinterprets the traditional Scandinavian hytte, a place of retreat and reconnection with wild nature. At the heart of a protected Natura 2000 site, the project was designed to fit into a preserved setting without ever disturbing it.

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel

The project is born from the meeting of two cultures (France and Scandinavia), two passions (nature and architecture), two men (Emil Leroy and Reiulf Ramstad), and an enthusiastic and very supportive local community from the village of Breitenbach.

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel

Breitenbach is a unique hamlet, located between Vosges and Alsace, with a very dynamic community and strongly politically committed to an eco-responsible approach, through various activities like an ecological brewery, beehives, dairy, and cheese production to name a few. The mayor himself, an enthusiastic vegetarian, initiated ecological farming in the village, constantly encouraging new sustainable and ecological business.

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A Franco-Danish client, a Norwegian architect, a common attraction for design and natural materials. It was from this exceptional meeting that the 48° Nord project was born. Breitenbach landscape hotel encapsulates daring architecture and design, a spirit of well-being, and a sharp culinary culture. By uniting local identity with the landscape through forms still unseen in the region, the architect gave 48° Nord a unique architectural expression.

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel

The project goal was not to build a hotel per se, but creating a place to live, a habitat to welcome people and take them on a sensual journey by experiencing a new universe in natural surroundings. A place where guests come to meet people and have a moment, whether to share a meal, a weekend of rest, or to hike the Vosges hills and valleys. The architectural approach of 48° Nord echoes this philosophy. The project’s clean design and signature lines inevitably evoke the Nordic countries. However, the vision is also to disseminate an art of living in harmony with the landscape. Despite its simplicity, Breitenbach hotel 48° Nord does not go unnoticed, but surrounded by nature, sobriety guarantees integration within its landscape.

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Amidst the trees, natural hedges and wild grasses, and heirs to the Norwegian “hytte”, 14 cabins dot the hillside like boulders on a slope, balancing privacy and outlook. Small, light, discreet, they are simply placed on the hillside. Built on stilts, they are even removable, so that the landscape stays preserved and natural, untouched. The untreated and locally sourced chestnut tree (cut on the hill opposite the hotel) clads all volumes, combined only with large glass openings.

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel

Four distinct typologies compose a family of forms with diverse qualities. The ‘Grass’ hytte, on one level universally accessible, are grouped near the main building. The ‘Tree’ and ‘Ivy’, towering thin and slender, combine verticality and panoramic views. Lastly, the ‘Fjell’, atop the hill, welcomes families with protected outdoor spaces. Interiors are minimal and rustic, qualified by the light-colored wood, snug built-in furniture, framed views, and spatial contrasts—perfectly embodying the Nordic concept of “hygge”.

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When entering the site, you meet the main building dedicated to hospitality, catering, and wellness. Its volume is wrapped in Alsatian chestnut shingles fashioned in an integration workshop in Saverne. Responding to the Passivhaus construction label, this intimate setting padded with dark stained wood and finely detailed opens widely onto the landscape and offers a unique place of meeting, exchange, and contemplation. The culinary experience, a meeting between Scandinavian inspiration and local ancestral techniques are season-relevant tastes from nature — all sourced from nearby organic producers and the hotel’s own vegetable garden.

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel

At 48° Nord, luxury is redefined. Space, privacy, calm, sobriety, nature, and fresh air is a new luxury. Perhaps the antithesis of the traditional luxury; the pomp, the superfluous. Alone, facing the landscape, guests are enabled to find another essence of beauty and comfort in the shifting colors of the season, lights and shadows, the very essence of nature’s qualities.

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel

8: the years for the project to develop from the site discovery to the hotel opening
14: the number of hytte built for the hotel accommodation
500: meters between the cabins and the chestnut trees that were cut for the cladding
4: trees cut during construction
1000: shrub planted after construction
2: area (in ha) of the hotel property, a certified AB protected Natura 2000 site
150: maximum travel distance (in kilometers) for the ingredient of the hotel restaurant

Little Norwegian-English lexicon
Hytte: cottage, cabin
Fjell: mountain
Eføy: ivy
Gress: grass
Tre: tree, wood

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel

“a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or outdoors, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special.”

Location: Breitenbach, France
Client: Private
Type: Landscape, Commercial
Program: Landscape hotel with the main building for the reception, restaurant, wellness facility, and the director’s housing, as well as 14 hytte for hotel guests.
Size: 20.000m2 total planning area Hytte from 20m2 to 60m2
Commission type: Direct commission (2015)
Status: Completed (2020)
Design Team: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter in collaboration with ASP Architecture

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Photographs © Florent MICHEL / 11h45

17 Apr 2018

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel in Alsace

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel France

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel will have a prominent role linking the hotel activity to the site and local traditions. At the same time, it will gather the best of architecture, design, spa facilities and food culture in the region. It will connect the local character and landscape with new characteristic forms and create a specific architectural expression. The hotel will offer an unusual, comfortable experience in the middle of the French countryside and will answer to the visitors’ desire for quality.

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel France

Located on a French hillside surrounded by nature, the project will blend within the landscape. Rooms are organized in separated Norwegian inspired cabins and offer luxury and privacy to the customers. They will be designed as comfortable units with stunning views to the valley and will have a material palette referring to the Nordic temperament. Natural and light materials will be used, mainly new and recycled wood with a combination of large glass opening.

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel France

A combination of different amenities will create an exclusive experience of the Breitenbach landscape hotel. The Restaurant and Spa in the main building will be private features for the customers but will be a part of the open scenery towards the landscape. Customers will have an opportunity to go through the culinary experiences related to the region and the landscape in connection to both tradition and innovation.

Breitenbach landscape hotel will also look at art and culture as a part of strategy to enhance the region cultural practices. Visitors will have the possibility to take part of the local culture and art through some areas dedicated to exhibition and local knowledge.

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel France

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel in France – Building Information

Type: Landscape, Commercial, Residential
Location: Breitenbach, Bas-Rhin department, Alsace, north-eastern France
Program: Hotel with a main building for reception, sauna and director housing, and 14 cabins
Client: Private
Size: 17.000 sqm total planning area – Cabins from 20 sqm to 60 sqm
Commission type: Direct commission (2015)
Design Team: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel France

Photography: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, WSBY, Tejo

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