An eco-hut for glamping in the Alps

‘Immerso’ is a prefabricated module conceived to be connected with nature, starting from its construction methods. It is designed by a young and emerging duo of architects from Turin, Italy. 

“It is a temporary and contemporary shelter, a new and surprising way of living in the nature”. With these words architect Fabio Vignolo presents his eco-project, conceived in team with his colleague Francesca Turnaturi: an innovative, nomadic prefabricated model that can be easily assembled like a maxi meccano. But above all, it has the same environmental impact of a tent.

“The idea was to experiment with a new type of hospitality”, explains the young designer, “in line with the international trend of the glamping (glamorous camping) phenomenon: a close connection with nature – it is not a coincidence that the module has been called ‘Immerso’ (‘immersed’) – and a great attention to design and construction methods, which look to sustainability and respect for the environment as essential objectives of the project”.

The structure is entirely made of interlocking phenolic birch plywood panels (the use of hardware is limited only to anchoring the transparent cladding to the timber). “The peculiarity of ‘Immerso’ is the extreme ease of assembly, even by inexperienced operators and without the use of electric tools,” says the architect Turnaturi. A winning design choice that makes the module easily transportable and adaptable to different uses and environmental contexts.

Pian dell’Alpe, Usseaux (TO) and le Langhe, La Morra
Fabio Vignolo and Francesca Turnaturi

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