Geschichte und Bauarbeiten Silentium

Our history

Our "Rainstallerhof" was built in a time when the chaos, noise and stress of everyday life still played a minor role. We have brought the silence, the simplicity and the natural life of that period into the present - These are the foundations of our house.

The rustic chalet with two double rooms and three suites was created, where the past times are still evident.

Ecological and local building materials, the natural genuine products of the typical South Tyrolean cuisine, and the feeling of total relaxation and rejuvenation will accompany you during your stay.

 
The Rainstallerhof

Built around the 16th century, this former farm has served many generations as a living space, a meeting place and a sanctuary.

The location where the builders erected this graceful farmstead is truly unique. Nothing but nature in its most beautiful appearance surrounds the building and gives it a special appeal. Located near a brook at the edge of the forest, the house conveys a feeling of security, pureness and silence.

The peculiarity of the “Rainstallerhof” was also noticed by the South Tyrolean Administration for Cultural Heritage, and in the year 2000, the farmstead was registered as a national historic building. In the summer of 2014, the smallholding was restored in loving and meticulously detailed work under strict regulations. During the restoration mainly local, ecological quality materials were used.

At the end of the works, a three-story rustic chalet with two double rooms and three suites was created, where the past times are still evident.

The two traditional lounges – both several centuries old – on the ground floor with the quaint farm stove are the heart of the building.

 

Impressions of the construction phase
 

Step by step, photo by photo, discover for yourself
how a farm, home to many generations,
was transformed into Refugium Silentium...

 
"A place of inspiration and total relaxation: all to be lived and experienced!" - Architect Klaus Hellweger

Architect Hellweger Klaus The architect Klaus Hellweger: Even during my very first visit, it became apparent that the biggest challenge for the refurbishment and restoration of the old "Rainstaller" farm would be to preserve and breathe new life into those elements of the building required for the protection of the structure as a cultural monument. Degradation of the "Rainstaller" was so advanced as to require interventions, both vast and equally sensitive, to make the spatial and artistic features of the building visible or, at the very least, perceivable again. Some of these features were on the outside, like on the side of the building facing the mountains, where there were still the original Gothic windows; these had survived reconstruction of the farm, as they were not on the more prominent sides facing the valley, which had instead been subjected to continuous structural development. Other features, also inside the building, were ones of historical and artistic interest well worth a mention, like the Stube with original wooden panels which had been adapted several times in the past to meet disparate tastes and functional requirements. During restoration, we succeeded in bringing to light and preserving significant sections of the panels with the original colours of the early eighteenth century. The rather unusual, unique and original panelling of the Stube can, therefore, still be appreciated.

In this way, we were able to create a powerful architectural effect to the absolute delight of the patrons and their guests! And now everyone can feel at home here, in a place promising tranquility, inspiration and relaxation. This is thanks mainly to its age-old 'heart' that has survived over the centuries and still retains all its glory and great power of attraction.

But even during this construction work, it was necessary to bear in mind one thing: not everything that is old is also good. In some cases where preservation is the key issue, quality is there for everyone, even for the uninitiated, to see; in other cases, it takes a trained eye to recognise and identify what is worthy of being preserved. Sometimes you can replace the old with the new, which can help to integrate and develop the former further and make it suitable for future use. Urban culture has been practised in this way for centuries.
Even at the "Rainstaller" a brand new part was added: this was built into the slope and, although made of exposed concrete, there is an element of subtlety in its materiality. Exposed concrete and preservation are not at odds; rather, tension can also give rise to strength.

The best thing to do is to visit and see for yourself.
Welcome!
San Lorenzo, 07.09.2016

 
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