“TreeHugger” Tourist Information Office by MoDusArchitects

A bold concrete building wraps public space with sinuous curves

Project Specs


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Italian architecture firm MoDusArchitects presents its recently completed TreeHugger, the new Tourist Information Office building of the city of Bressanone (Bolzano, Italy), and winning entry of an international competition held in 2016.

▼项目概览,project overview ©Oskar Da Riz

这座吸引眼球的混凝土建筑位于South Tyrolean历史中心区的外沿,与Bressanone市的主教宫毗邻,该建筑是从1800年代持续至1970年代的一系列“建筑扼杀”中留存下来的“最后章节”。 TreeHugger在既有场地的基础上维持了通透和轻盈的品质,通过细长的立柱、纵深的门廊和精致的挑檐营造出亲切友好的氛围。

Located just outside the historical centre of the South Tyrolean city, adjacent to the Bishop’s Palace of Bressanone, the eye-catching concrete building is the last episode in a series of “architectural homicides” dating from the 1800s up until the 1970s. TreeHugger takes on the qualities of airiness and levity in alignment with the site’s antecedent structures, which were dedicated to the welcoming of visitors, with their respective features of slender columns, deep loggias, and delicate overhangs.

▼混凝土建筑外观,exterior view of the concrete building ©Oskar Da Riz


▼场地布局轴测,scheme axon ©MoDusArchitects

The project raises its body on tiptoe and frees up the ground level to give it over to the city as a public space. New visual connections are made, not only to the main building of the Bishop’s Palace, but also to the ancillary Chinese and Japanese pavilions that mark the corners of the Palace gardens. The exotic, sinuous curves of the corner pavilions are re-interpreted in the building designed by MoDusArchitects which transforms into a new gateway for the city of Bressanone.

▼TreeHugger在既有场地的基础上维持了通透和轻盈的品质,TreeHugger takes on the qualities of airiness and levity in alignment with the site’s antecedent structures ©Oskar Da Riz

▼户外檐下空间,view from the covered outdoor space  ©Oskar Da Riz


▼首层平面图,ground floor plan ©MoDusArchitects

The site is characterized by an existing monumental tree that governs the design. TreeHugger twists and turns around the central platanus to form an inseparable connection between nature and edifice. The visual and tactile qualities of the roughhewn walls of the bush-hammered concrete and the scaly bark of the plane-tree mimic one another in their juxtaposition.

▼TreeHugger以场地中的既有树木为中心扭转,TreeHugger twists and turns around the central platanus ©Oskar Da Riz

▼建筑与树影,the tree and the building ©Oskar Da Riz


With the tree trunk as the fulcrum, five arched spans release the building from the ground, accompanying the tree upwards to draw an open frame around the tree’s crown. In order to achieve the seamless, vertical surface of the outer concrete shell, the full height of the walls was cast from one flow and in successive sections to form a continuous 9-metre-high ring, within which the concrete plates were then poured. The curvature of the walls, together with the floor slabs form a collaborative composition in which the form, the structure and the building facades become one.

▼建筑与树木一同向上生长,the building accompanies the tree upwards to draw an open frame ©Oskar Da Riz

▼混凝土墙的粗糙肌理与树木的表皮彼此呼应,the roughhewn walls of the bush-hammered concrete and the scaly bark of the plane-tree mimic one another in their juxtaposition ©Oskar Da Riz


The building is almost entirely glazed on the ground floor, which houses the public spaces and info booths, to allow maximum transparency and permeability. The entrance is clearly marked by the inset windows and the large overhang that cantilevers out towards the new square. The upper floor, housing the administrative offices, is closed and enigmatic in the sequence of its convex surfaces.

▼首层空间,ground floor space ©Oskar Da Riz

▼首层包含公共空间和信息展示区,the ground floor houses public spaces and info booths ©Oskar Da Riz

▼服务区域,service area ©Oskar Da Riz

▼室内细部,detailed view ©Oskar Da Riz


With its welcoming curves balanced by the decisive concrete tectonic, TreeHugger strikes up a conversation with its historical context while organically attracting passersby and visitors as a magnet devoted to the sharing of local culture.

▼休闲空间,seating area ©Oskar Da Riz

▼从室内望向街道,view to the street from interior  ©Oskar Da Riz

▼从大树望向一层空间,view to the interior from the tree ©Oskar Da Riz

▼一层与二层空间在透明度上形成对比,the contrast between the transparency of the two floors ©Oskar Da Riz

▼街道视角,view from the street ©Oskar Da Riz

▼场地平面图,site plan ©MoDusArchitects

▼一层平面图,ground floor plan ©MoDusArchitects

▼二层平面图,first floor plan ©MoDusArchitects

▼立面图,elevation ©MoDusArchitects

▼剖面图,section ©MoDusArchitects

For more information, please contact MoDusArchitects’ press office (mint LIST—Giulia Milza, Maria Azzurra Rossi): press@mintlist.info
Project: TreeHugger (Tourist Information Office)
Location: Bressanone (Bolzano, Italy)
Architect: MoDusArchitects (Sandy Attia, Matteo Scagnol)
Project team: Irene Braito, Filippo Pesavento
Structural engineer: Luca Bragagna
Client: Bressanone Tourist Association
Competition: 2016
Design phase: 2017—2018
Completion: September 2019
GFA: 430 sqm
Contractor: Unionbau
Site works: Goller Bögl
Electrical installations: Elektro Josef Graber
Thermo-hydraulic installations: Pezzei
Stone and ceramic flooring: Bernardi & Figli
Carpet flooring: SAXL Bodenbeläge
Glass facade and windows: Huber Hannes
Subflooring and plasterwork: Winkler-Verputz
Drywall and painting: Cimadom Decor
Doors (interiors): Aster Holzbau
Lift: Kronlift
Furniture: Jungmann, Trias
Millwork, custom finishings and furniture: Barth
Interior partitions and furniture: Tischlerei Goller – Anders Gmbh
Sheet metal: Stampfl Bauspenglerei
Custom metal: Ellecosta Metallbau
Multimedia: ACS



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