UFO, Bruneck

The remarkable feature of the “Gasteiger mountain chalet” today is its extremely modern and yet very simple form. The Innsbruck based architect Josef Lackner realized this structure in a hill above Brunico in the years 1972/73. A place surrounded by wonderful landscape improved by an extraordinary house. The house is a five-sided prism leaning on six low concrete pillars. Inside the main room, on the sides there are two big beds, while in the back, on the right and on the left of the fireplace and the kitchen, there are two smaller ones.
The house has been renovated and expanded in connection with the project by architect Stefan Hitthaler. The project provides better usability, optimized living comfort thanks to an increase in thermal insulation and the installation of floor heating with heat pump and ventilation. The house was improved by the installation of a shower and toilet in the basement. The kitchen has become much brighter because some windows have been added into the side corners of the north facade and the bedrooms have become more spacious and brighter. In the basement, daylight enters through a glass cube above the staircase and some horizontal and vertical LED strips create an atmosphere similar to the one that Lackner created in the main room through the windows and the indirect lighting made by the sidelights.
The balcony of the chalet has been replaced by a light construction made of small beams in larch wood. Diagonal steel beams fixed on the concrete pillars support this structure. When the Corten steel access ladder disappears into the left sidewall like a UFO ladder, the whole house seems to float from the ground sloping to the south…

What makes this project one-of-a-kind?
Ufo is one of a kind because the building with its volume and materials can live in perfect balance with the nature that surrounds it.


Stefan Hitthaler


Year of completion

Bruneck, Italy

Total area
61,22 m2

Harald Wisthaler

Project Partners

Main contractor
Tischlerei Alton

Bauunternehmen Daprà, Baukanzle Sulzenbacher & Partner, Amort Richard, Schuster Philipp, Elektro Ewald, Stolzlechner Ofenbau, Moling, Plankensteiner Holzbau, Dorner

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