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World-first totally wood multi-storey hotel

MalisGarten is the world’s first 5-storey hotel made entirely of solid wood. PEFC-certified glue laminated timber (binderholz glulam) and cross laminated timber (binderholz CLT BBS) supplied by GmbH were used for the entire supporting structure. Source: Timberbiz

The hotel is located in the Zillertal valley, Austria.

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. 

Italian architect Matteo Thun from Matteo Thun & Partners who designed MalisGarten especially appreciates the material’s unique versatility.

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

Not only the inside, also the building’s wooden exterior façade is 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 2000 m² 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 PEFC-certified solid wood and a sophisticated heating and cooling concept using geothermal 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 1500 tons of CO are stored in the solid wood elements.