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What about waking up every morning like this?

What about waking up every morning like this?

Heart and Stone — Reinterpreting the Alpine Tradition

The remains of an old rural building led architect Rocco Borromini to create a fantastic home based on long the alpine traditions and integrating it with the surrounding nature.

Morning view of the house, kissed by the October sun.

Morning view of the house, kissed by the October sun.

White metal and larch wood make a gentle contrast with the green painted wall.

White metal and larch wood make a gentle contrast with the green painted wall.

Some of the film cameras of the owner's special collection adorn the first-floor walkway.

Some of the film cameras of the owner's special collection adorn the first-floor walkway.

The ruins of an old farm building inspired the idea behind this project. The lot, on the slopes of the Orobic Alps, enjoys an outstanding view that you can experience from the large windows on the west front.

“Stained glass windows contribute to the dialogue between the interior and the valley

The structure itself is pretty simple: two stone walls connected by a reinforced concrete slab. Instead, the second floor, the roof and the facade are completely made of wood. The two baffles have been made of local stone's natural split, cleverly prepared. The facade, of brushed larch wood, is composed of a slats' structure, referencing to the architecture of the alpine zone.

It is just 22 square meters for each of the three floors: ground floor with kitchen area and fireplace; first floor with a bedroom and the bathroom and the upper floor with the master's bedroom.
The overall space is quite limited but this, linked to the materials' choice, helped to create that hearty” feeling and evocative power that was one of the cardinal principles of many rural architectures.

A very light staircase with transparent landings connects the three levels and helps the full perception of the interior's height. For both the ground floor and the external paving we decided to use a luserna” stone natural split, to emphasize the continuity between inside and outside.

The whole set of style and materials choices have been dictated by the desire to reinterpret the tradition, for which both the client and the designer have a great, innate respect. 

Words by architect Rocco Borromini.

The dry stones stand out the green surroundings of the valley.

The dry stones stand out the green surroundings of the valley.

When the sun sets the bedroom gets its most quiet and outstanding view.

When the sun sets the bedroom gets its most quiet and outstanding view.

Literally a lightbox over the landscape.

Literally a lightbox over the landscape.

How to make the most out of a tiny room: the bathroom has it all. Look at the stone sink especially designed for the space.

How to make the most out of a tiny room: the bathroom has it all. Look at the stone sink especially designed for the space.

View on the valley from the ground floor: the afternoon sun floods in.

View on the valley from the ground floor: the afternoon sun floods in.

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Photographer, Writer
Architecture, Interior Design, Cycling
I worked as a toolmaker for the iron industry before studying photography in Milan in 2004.
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