This leit-motif can also be found in Enrico Scaramellini's work. Born in 1969 in Madesimo, Scaramellini experienced the benefits and difficulties of growing up in a mountain community. After primary and secondary schools in Madesimo, like many of his peers, he 'migrated' to continue his studies. He attended boarding school and then, in Milan, the Polytechnic School of Architecture. In approaching his profession, he returned to his origins; his cultural references are located, in fact, beyond the Splügenpass in the Grisons Canton. He refers to the work of Valentin Bearth and Andrea Deplazes , Kurt and Mierta Lazzarini , or Armando Ruinelli .
This is not high altitude snobbery as much as an awareness that the Swiss can teach us a great deal. First, that contemporary architecture is a cultural resource that can have positive economic effects (one need only look to the development of the village of Vals after the construction of the Spa by Peter Zumthor to realize this). And then, to build respecting a certain formal and material quality is to defend the landscape—a substantial fact in areas that now make their living only from tourism.
He englobes within a portion of a hut–a linear building belonging to different members of the same family group and located in the middle of the ski slopes–a sort of wooden box of 35 square meters. Its facade is made of inlaid wood panels like a chessboard but which opens to reveal a large window overlooking the mountain landscape. Scaramellini defines the micro-cabin as "a wardrobe in the landscape."
A weekend micro-cabin. A place for contemplation. An escape from the hectic urban condition.
Architects: ES-arch – Enrico Scaramellini architect
Design team: Cristina Pusterla, Luca Trussoni
Structural Engineering: Studio Bianco & Mastai, Chiavenna
Construction supervision: Enrico Scaramellini
Built area: 35 sqm
Cost: € 25,00
Design: January–February 2010
Construction: July–September 2010