5 storeys, 5 stars

The world’s first 5-storey, 5-star hotel made of PEFC-certified timber opened in Austria recently

The MalisGarten has a larger net usable area due to leaner construction, and lower energy costs due to the wood’s natural insulation properties.

The vision to build a hotel entirely of wood has become a reality in the 5-star green spa Hotel MalisGarten, in the Zillertal valley in Austria, becoming the world’s first 5-storey hotel made entirely of solid wood.

Certified glue laminated timber (glulam) and cross laminated timber (CLT) supplied by Binderholz Bausysteme GmbH were used for the entire supporting structure.

The inside of the building sees Binderholz solid wood panels and profiled wood from native trees such as pine, nut, steamed spruce, larch and white fir. The doors, furniture and parquet floors are made of walnut and oak wood from local producers.

Wood was also used for the furniture and decoration in the hotel’s spacious lobby, and gives the rooms a warm atmosphere as well as a natural scent.

The Italian star architect, Matteo Thun from Matteo Thun & Partners, who planned MalisGarten especially appreciates the material’s unique versatility.

“Wood is the only material I know of that combines aesthetics and technical durability,” he emphasised.

‘Green’ inside-out

Not only the inside, but the building’s wooden exterior façade is also eye-catching. The front of the hotel blends in with its garden, creating a natural oasis in the middle of the village.

At the back of the hotel, there is a 2,000-square-metre space with relaxation areas, a fruit and herb garden and a large pool. The wooden walls and ceilings give the impression of a wellness landscape in the middle of a forest.

The use of solid wood certified by the EFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and a sophisticated heating and cooling concept using geo-thermal energy and pellet heating make MalisGarten one of the most sustainable hotels in the area.

Thanks to the use of wood, the hotel has a larger net usable area due to leaner construction, and lower energy costs due to the wood’s natural insulation properties.

In MalisGarten, more than 1,500 tons of CO2 are stored in the solid wood elements. Solid wood structures can be pre-fabricated and assembled on site, allowing for a quiet, clean and fast construction.

Woods such as fir, spruce or pine give a room a warm atmosphere and have a calming effect on the mind and body, making wood the perfect material in every respect for MalisGarten.

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