Vacation like a Hobbit?

Posted: May 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

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“6 days 7 nights in your own personal Bag End”

Tell me that’s not what you think of when you see this:

As INHABITAT says:

Architect Matteo Thun has designed this striking eco-friendly hotel to be located on a mountainside in the National Park of Stelvio in the Italian Alps. Composed of a series of underground buildings linked by undulating green roofs, the complex takes advantage of passive design principles and ground-source heat pumps to conserve energy. In addition, the construction of the units, the way the units are situated on the site, and the materials used have all been carefully considered to minimize the complex’ impact upon the environment.

So that all sounds good, but one has to remember what Tolkien said about living in such a place:

In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a Hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
– The Hobbit, “An Unexpected Party