From the doorstep, you get immediately immerse into the landscape.
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 hand a small, special and precious place. The alpine landscape dominates the place: it becomes evident the condition of a privileged and unique space.
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” this room? The point of view changes in a frenzied search for balance.
“A micro retreat for weekends”
A place for contemplation, a clearinghouse from the 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 paint echoes the colors of the centenarian woods of alpine rural buildings. The wooden panels, assembled with different development of the vein (horizontal - vertical), react to sunlight returning different geometric compositions.
Outside, 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 emphasizing 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.
The light that reflects differently on the wooden panels changes the appearance in sand color tones, the uninhabited façade lives of its own life. Finally, the project underlines yet another ambiguity: as a wooden container, like furniture and furnishing, it is “a wardrobe in the landscape”.
Words by Enrico Scaramellini.