Pedevilla Architects: ciAsa Aqua Bad Cortina - best architects 21

Pedevilla Architects

ciAsa Aqua Bad Cortina

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single family homes


St. Vigil in Enneberg, Italy


Gustav Willeit


The ciAsa (Rhaeto-Romanic for house) is an all-wooden high-alpine family home in South Tyrol's St. Vigil, surrounded by the Dolomites of Val Badia. Based on the archaic form of a house, no distinction is made between roof and façade. The rising form of the roof makes the building visible from afar, while the low eaveslines provide protection at the same time. The shape of a trapezium appears as a recurring element in the overall design. The three above-ground floors are entirely made of wood from the surrounding forests. Spruce wood was used for the structure, while the interior surfaces and custom-made furniture consist of Swiss stone pine. Like a pine cone, the façade is clad with hand-split larch shingles. The concrete for the basement consists of dolomite rock from the nearby stream, enriched with the property's own thermal water. For this project, the aspects of sustainability and regionality were given extra high priority: only natural, local materials processed by local craftsmen were used. Synthetic materials were avoided.