The spa town of Meran in the Alpine region of South Tyrol, Italy, boasts a long tradition of tourism. The turn of the twentieth century, in particular, saw the construction of a number of architectonically interesting hotel buildings. However, due to several circumstances, from the 1970s onward there was a steep decline in the number of available hotel beds in Meran. The main flow of tourism was redirected to neighbouring villages and many hotels in the city were repurposed for different use. In recent years, there has been a surge in efforts to revive tourism in Meran. In 2001 the new botanical gardens opened to great acclaim and in 2005 a state-of-the-art spa complex was inaugurated in the centre of town. Demand for high-grade accommodation facilities distinguished from the so-called "pseudo-Tyrolean" architectural style prevalent in the surrounding tourist villages is growing. New hotels in Meran must both satisfy the increased request for sophisticated accommodation and reflect the architectural quality of the spa town´s historic "Grands Hotels" in a contemporary design. I have chosen the ancient estate of Castle Pienzenau as building site for my proposed architectural plan. Located near the botanical gardens in the upscale residential neighbourhood of Obermais, the property is ideally suited for an upmarket resort. Since Castle Pienzenau is currently used as a venue for conventions, seminars, and weddings, a hotel would be a fitting expansion of the present business model. The proposed site for the hotel's building structure adjoins the opposite end of the historic grounds with respect to the listed castle. The Pienzenau estate gardens, with their ancient trees and plants, have exerted a major influence on the design of the hotel.