16th Century Mountain Stone House Restored by V. Savarerino. Sondrio, Italy
The house is situated at the entrance of Val Bregaglia, in Northern Italy, in the middle of the 16th century rural settlement of Crana. In the late ‘700 the village had more than a hundred inhabitants, but nowadays it’s in a state of semi-abandonment and the few restored buildings are almost exclusively used as holiday homes.
The new project includes an aerial link between the two volumes, consisting in a wood and glass bridge. The two buildings become a unique articulated and distinguished living space.
The external architectural choices reflect the local traditions in terms of materials, typologies and morphological aspects.
In this project of “re-use/recovery/restoration” the real issue has been how to turn a simple barn into a house with high standards of energy performance.
The only visible contemporary signs on the facade are the presence of two large fixed windows, which are facing on the South and on the East towards the mountain landscape.In the interior, three are the elements in relationship: the wood, the sunlight in the space, the panoramic views.
all images Paolo Valentini