HOTEL de LEN: a hotel design story about sustainability

The newly renovated HOTEL de LEN has been designed as a tribute to both its location and to the natural element of wood. It is a story of well-being and sustainability that begins in the heart of the structure

clad in wood, the main suite at the Hotel de LEN

The new HOTEL de LEN has opened its doors after a major renovation of the historic Hotel Impero, located in the centre of Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites. Spearheaded by architectural firm GRIS+DAINESE in Venice, the project put forward a proposal for a new structure in both form and concept, connected with the surrounding area and paying particular attention to the environment and wellbeing of people. The project is based on the principles of sustainability and pays homage to the Ampezzo heritage, offering a contemporary experience which is deeply rooted within the land and history of its location.

wooden surfaces and finishes in public area of Hotel de Len

Image credit: HOTEL de LEN / Alessandro Amodio

The name, De LEN means ‘of wood’ in Latin, and underlines the attention throughout the design to the traditions of the territory while of course referring to the main element of the architectural structure. Inspired by nature and sourcing locally, wood is the hero of this design, both aesthetically and as a sustainable and renewable material which offers protection from unwanted noise, as well as atmospheric and electromagnetic pollution.

wooden clad sauna at the Hotel de Len

Image credit: HOTEL de LEN / Alessandro Amodio

Sheltering 22 guestrooms, the hotel is a combination of contemporary design and Alpine tradition.The simple lines and modern design are complemented by natural patina of the wood. Known for improving the quality of sleep, the bedrooms in particular are clad and decorated in the local pine, whose natural properties contribute to enhance the balance of body and mind. Another feature of the hotel is the spa on the top floor of the hotel, overlooking the mountains and valley,again heroing the local and sustainable materials in the design and construction.

Main image credit: HOTEL de LEN / Alessandro Amodio