Italy: La Forestale Ecolodge, a luxury B&B-style concept based on “fundamental human and personal connection”, has opened in the rural Italian commune of Acqualanga.
Sitting among sloping hills in one of the country’s most picturesque valleys, the Ecolodge aims to offer its guests “total immersion in nature and wellness”. The building has been completed with a wood façade designed by leading Norwegian wood brand Kebony to blend in with its natural surroundings, while floor to ceiling glazing creates a bond between the minimalist interiors and the wild rural landscape.
Built on the foundation of a former forest service station in Gola del Furlo, La Forestale Ecolodge was designed as a model of ecological renovation by its owner, Eric Merlin.
The building holds five rooms, which it claims offers “luxurious amenities; modern design, high-quality and sustainable materials, a large living area, bay windows with splendid views, marble and a private terrace”. Merlin says the Ecolodge will offer visitors an “escape from the outside world and the chance to re-connect with nature, while experiencing true luxury and stylish, forward thinking design”.
Developed in Norway, Kebony’s technology is an environmentally friendly process which modifies sustainably sourced softwoods by heating the wood with furfuryl alcohol – an agricultural by-product. By polymerising the wood’s cell wall, the softwoods permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwood including high durability, hardness and dimensional stability.
Mette Valen, sales manager Norway at Kebony, said: “The Kebony team is delighted to have played an important role in building this beautiful Ecolodge. It truly is a special place to visit, and we hope it inspires more ambitious and forward-thinking buildings to be developed in similarly beautiful locations across the world.”