The project is based on two specific conditions: - on one side the
client’s needs, looking for
a small and intimate space; - on the other
a small, special
and precious place. The alpine landscape dominates the place: it becomes
evident the condition of a privileged and
The concept of size guides the project. Great is the land, the landscape:
small is the place, the space. There is a mutual
relationship that inspires the
design process. What is the role of the "room"
in relation to the landscape? How
the landscape reflects,
"adopts” the room? The point of view changes
in a frenzied search for balance.
A micro retreat for
weekends, a place for contemplation, a clearing house from a daily hectic urban
condition. A small
wooden box fits
between two existing
buildings. Inside, the wood shows its nature
in warm tones; outside, the
surface treatment with silver-gray
paints echoes the
colors of the centenarian woods of
rural buildings. The wooden panels, assembled with different development
of the vein (horizontal -
vertical), react to sunlight returning
different geometric compositions.
almost in a
mimetic condition, the new wooden facade
seems to hide itself, in the shadows
of the landscape, and then to confirm, with
sunlight, its presence,
dazzling, throwing a visible signal at
a long distance. Inside, the space becomes
a privileged place overlooking the landscape.
Almost an abstraction, an estrangement that
allows to emphasize the privileged status of the "spectator".
A second level
of thinking regards the stability of the
building’s image in the landscape: spaces lived for short periods
consolidate their status of "closed" places.
thatreflectsdifferentlyon the wooden
incolors and tones, the uninhabitedfaçade
lives of its own life. Finally, the
project underlinesyet anotherambiguity: asa wooden
container, as furniture and furnishing, it is
"a wardrobe inthelandscape". The
contemporary languagewithin stronglycharacterizedenvironmental contexts