The resort at the foot of the Grossglockner belongs to the Schultz Group, which plays a leading role in ski tourism. It consists of a hotel and 41 chalets arranged in loose order. Facades made of wooden shingles underline the harmonious relationship with the surrounding landscape; this building material, which is traditional in the Alps, is part of the sustainable architectural concept. The design for illuminating the pathways and driveways of the resort proposed by light designers from Lichtraum² in South Tyrol adheres to this concept in every detail: the color and roughness of the posts made of rusted steel establish a connection to the harsh mountain landscape. In a multi-stage process, ewo treated the rolled steel supports until they revealed the desired characteristics and a uniform patina.
The posts and mast lights at the entrances to the chalets and along the pathways are equipped with LED technology: guaranteeing a precisely measured level of illumination for the given area; energy consumption is minimised and light pollution is avoided. By modifying our lighting unit, we are able to generate light in a very warm, inviting color: the lenses over the warm white LEDs are coated with a special ambercolored- lacquer. Proven standard components from ewo are at the heart of this illumination scenario meant to emulate nature. However, in designing the surfaces and the color of the lighting fixtures we were able to make use of the experience that we have been able to gather since the days when we produced metal components though to our current work developing lighting technology.
Project: GRADONNA MOUNTAIN RESORT
Lighting Design: LICHTRAUM²
Location: KALS, AUSTRIA
Client: GROSSGLOCKNER MOUNTAIN RESORT KALS GMBH
Project year: 2011-2013
Photography: OSKAR DA RIZ