The Omaela Apartments are located in St. Anton am Arlberg, surrounded by the impressive Tyrolean mountains. The hosts Lisa and Martin Zangerl built the house in 2019-2020 and had their first guests in summer 2021. They live in the house themselves and are therefore always available for their guests.
When designing the apartments, the two of them avoided the typical alpine chic and created four very warm, reduced and at the same time lovingly detailed apartments, each with its own Finnish sauna.
The house is in a quiet yet central location - less than a minute from the ski lift, ski school, restaurants and sports shops. Built on the steep hillside, the house looks as if it has always been there. Due to the old "broom plaster" (facade) and the modern architecture, it looks urban and yet it fits perfectly into the rural, mountainous environment. High-quality materials and products as well as furniture from local carpenters, box-spring beds, parquet floors and pleasant fabrics make the apartments real places of relaxation.
Lisa and Martin Zangerl's motto is "Less is more". They didn't want to squeeze as many apartments/beds as possible into the existing space, but wanted to make it sustainable.
ArchitectureThe hosts didn't want to push through the construction in a few months, but build it over two years and thus avoid unnecessary substances/chemicals - so that the screed dries out faster or energy-intensive drying is not necessary. The architecture has adapted to the landscape, there are green areas around the house and it looks like the building has been in place forever. In the case of facades and building materials, an attempt was also made to keep the CO2 footprint as low as possible. The insulation is made of rock wool and the top floor is a pure "wooden house". Geothermal heat was used for heat (with deep drilling). In addition, Lisa and Martin Zangerl have already planned and planned a photovoltaic system on the roof, which they will implement as soon as financially possible. In this way they want to achieve that they become more or less energy self-sufficient, at least in summer. Together with the intelligent house and constant optimization in terms of energy saving (although guests should not miss out on any comfort), in the long term a large part of the energy should also come from photovoltaics in winter. With high-quality materials (e.g. all furniture was produced by the local carpenter) they want to focus on durability there as well. Incidentally, all the companies involved in the construction come from Tyrol.
EnvironmentThe Omaela Apartments rely on geothermal heat (drilling) in combination with underfloor heating. It also heats the water. In summer, even the house can be cooled with this technology. Air conditioning is therefore not necessary. There is also a separate garbage room (also accessible to guests) in the house, where great care is taken to ensure that the garbage is properly separated. Finally, the hosts then bring the rubbish to the local construction yard, where they dispose of it. In addition, they have their own containers for the Nespresso capsules so that they can be disposed of separately. The water comes "straight from the mountain". The highest quality cleaning products from the Hollu company are used in the apartments. The cosmetics in the bathroom come from the company "be [...] my friend" and are made from purely plant-based, organic ingredients.
Well-BeingEach apartment has its own Finnish sauna, which offers the perfect balance to all the sporting activities that can be done in the region. After all, after a long day of skiing, freeriding, ski touring, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, winter hiking, ice skating, swimming, mountain biking or hiking, who doesn't like to come "home" and treat themselves to a little break?
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It takes a good hour to drive from Innsbruck to St. Anton (100 km). It takes about 2.5 hours from Zurich (197 km), from Stuttgart about 3.5 hours (315 km) and from Munich it takes about 3 hours (209 km). The exact address can be found on the website.
St. Anton am Arlberg can be easily reached by train. The Omaela Apartments are approximately 10 minutes walk from the train station (900 meters). There is also a bus, the bus stop is only about 2 minutes away. A pick-up can also be organized on request.
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