The Breitenbach Landscape Hotel is designed by Norwegian Reiulf Ramstad architects. With Scandinavian inspiration, the Hotel named 48° Nord offers modern and luxurious cabins on the French hillside in Alsace with amazing views!
Scandinavian Design Meets French Landscape
With inspiration from the Scandinavian traditions, Reiulf Ramstad Architects have created a truly unique hotel. The Breitenbach Landscape hotel with the name 48° Nord is situated on a hillside in Alsace. It consists of 14 luxury cabins in addition to the main building and also offers wellness and a spa for a relaxing stay with nature in focus.
Each cabin is an interpretation of the traditional Scandinavian cabin called “hytte” and is between 20-40 m². Due to the location at the heart of a protected Natura 2000 site, the project is designed to fit into the preserved setting without ever disturbing it. Therefore, the design is clean with signature Nordic lines that include lots of natural wood and wild grass.
The Concept of Danish ‘hygge’
The Danish word “hygge” doesn’t really exist in English. It’s a single word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or outdoors, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming, or special. For Scandinavians, it’s a moment of relaxation and happiness.
The concept is incorporated into the hotel, the wellness area, and the restaurant. Therefore, the purpose of the full hotel experience is to give you a break away from the outside world. In addition, you can enjoy unique nature experiences in the surrounding area or a meal of the season to awaken your senses.
Locally Sourced For an Authentic Experience
From the cladding of the building to the ingredients of the restaurant, everything is locally sourced. For example, the beautiful untreated chestnut tree used for all cladding and shingles is sourced from the hill opposite the hotel. In the restaurant, the culinary experience is a meeting between Scandinavian inspiration and local ancestral techniques.
All ingredients are sourced from nearby organic producers or the hotel’s own vegetable garden. The rule is that ingredients can travel a maximum of 150 km. As a result, the menu reflects the season and the landscape to give guests an authentic and eco-friendly experience.
Choose Your Preferred Cabin
As a guest at Hotel 48° Nord, you can choose between four cabins (hytte). The ‘Grass’ hytte, on one level and grouped near the main building. The ‘Tree’ and ‘Ivy’, towering thin and slender to offer stunning panoramic views. Lastly, the ‘Fjell’, atop the hill, welcomes families with protected outdoor spaces. Interior design is kept minimalistic and rustic with light-colored wood, snug built-in furniture and framed views.
- Location: Breitenbach (Alsace), France
- Landscape hotel with main building for the reception, restaurant, wellness, and spa facilities, and the director’s housing, as well as 14 cabins “hytte” for hotel guests
- Size: 20.000m² total planning area
- Cabins (hytte) from 20m² to 40m² built on stilts
- Completed (2020)
- Cladding: untreated and locally sourced chestnut tree
- Design Team: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter in collaboration with ASP Architecture
- Hotel stay: from EUR 120 per night depending on room/cabin