Once upon a time in Italy two thirds of the roads were mule trails and paths, which often took form for purposes of trade, but were also used by pilgrims to reach holy places.
In recent years the practice of hiking has been vigorously revived: we walk to stay in shape, to rediscover slowness, to get closer to nature and the landscape.
Starting with these considerations, the architect and designer Marco Ferreri has interpreted the theme Open Borders in the perspective of a renewed contact with nature, creating the exhibition Casetta del Viandante (The House of the Wayfarer) to propose a model of a distributed hotel with low environmental impact for contemporary pilgrims.
The show features four autonomous habitat modules of about 9 m2, mostly made of wood. Each one contains two beds, a table and two folding chairs, a kitchen and a bathroom. Every module is independent in terms of energy thanks to solar panels, micro-windmills and storage of water, thermal and electrical energy.
Casetta del Viandante has been designated as a an official exhibition of the 21st Milan Triennale ‘21st Century. Design After Design’.