Sustainable and 'km 0' building: monovolume architecture+design designs two dwellings that reinterpret the Alpine farmhouse tradition in a contemporary key

When we think of home, we think of many things at once: a physical place (structure, architecture, interior design, room layout), a refuge in which to cuddle and recharge. We also think of more abstract concepts such as a sense of belonging and identity, memory (collective and personal) that binds us to one home rather than another. And then also a series of practical aspects such as design, construction, maintenance, costs.

Designing the future

In practice, an approach to design and construction aimed at the architecture of the future should come into play, one that aims to reduce environmental impact and promote social and economic responsibility. Hence: energy efficiency, use of sustainable materials, water management, bioclimatic technologies, waste reduction and containment, technological innovation, health and well-being, sustainable mobility, certification.

Landscape at the centre

Close to Lake Carezza, in Val d'Ega, surrounded by larch forests and the peaks of the Dolomites, Casa Carezza, designed by monovolume architecture+design, is a contemporary and modern example of sustainable architecture. The landscape takes centre stage: the colours of the lake, the light reflected on the peaks, the clear sky, the forest dotting the ridges.

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A modern reinterpretation of the alpine farmstead

The two new dwellings, made of wood, bring the alpine architectural tradition of the farmhouse back to life in a contemporary way, reinterpreting the materials (wood and stone) with new technologies, reinterpreting the division between upper and lower levels, typical of this typology.

Wood and dolomite stone

The asymmetrical roof geometry echoes the rough, fragmented profile of the rocks. On the façade, the upper part is made of fir wood and the base of dolomite stone. The northern slope on the Catinaccio, is enclosed by wide terraces and marked by the vertical rhythm of the wooden slats, while to the south, the glass façade of the architecture projects the rooms outwards, framing the Latemar group.

0 km materials

The two dwellings are certified CasaClima A Nature. The materials were selected 'km 0', with the load-bearing structure of the architecture in silver fir, the cladding and interior design in larch and for the exteriors locally sourced dolomite stone.

Lots of natural light

Inside, the three floors have been divided into Raumplan (the compositional principles involve interlocking volumes of different sizes and floors at different heights) to always enjoy the view of the panorama. Each building consists on the ground floor of an entrance hall, kitchen area, living room and cloakroom. On the upper floor, the large windows of the bedrooms open onto the Dolomites.

Architecture with multifunctional spaces

Furniture and multifunctional spaces reflect a contemporary Alpine taste: as on the outside, the use of wood continues indoors, and natural light illuminates and emphasises the architecture outside and inside.

Between innovation and tradition

The end result is perceptible in the balanced tension of the visual relationship between interior and exterior, between technological innovation and local building tradition. An architecture designed to protect guests from the weather, but at the same time to enjoy boundless views and landscapes.

Photos and video by Giovanni De Sandre