Breitenbach is 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.
Amidst the trees, natural hedges and wild grasses, and heirs to the Norwegian “hytte” (cottage/cabin), 14 cabins dot the hillside like boulders on a slope, balancing privacy and outlook. Small, light, discreet, they are simply placed on the hillside. And, 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.
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.