A Mountain Retreat

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I had the opportunity to stay at a stunning private retreat nestled high in the mountains of South Tyrol — a region within the Alps at the northernmost point of Italy. The estate is the property of a German engineer who, after an international competition, commissioned Roman architecture firm ModoStudio to realize his vision. 

There are two main buildings that sit on the property, thoughtfully integrated into the surrounding landscape. The smallest is used as the personal vacation home of the owner and his wife. The largest is lent to select institutions for various cultural retreats. Both have magnificent views of the wine vineyards, the Adige valley, and the Tessa mountain. 

In addition to the panoramic views, the highlight of the estate is the juxtaposition of technological innovation and traditional construction methods and materials, such as transparent glass and steel alongside porphyry stones and wood sourced from the demolition of old local buildings. 

Reaching the estate requires an extensive hike that sets the tone for a special connection with nature. Though beautiful, its purposely minimal aesthetic, unadorned interiors, and sparse decor ensure the spotlight is on the even more spectacular scenery. 

After a week's visit, I felt my cosmopolitan self being more in tune with some of my simple, provincial desires. With no distractions and nothing to do except read, walk, hike, breathe pristine air, and enjoy majestic views, this aesthetic getaway provided a much needed creative recharge. 

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 Images are a combination of my own plus photographer Laura Eggers.