A housing prototype to reconfigure the mountain landscape

The mountain hut designed by Enrico Scaramellini in the Western Alps is a typological exercise on the prototype of the minimal dwelling and its combinatory potential within the landscape.

Immersed in the natural scenery of the village of Valtournenche, in Valle d'Aaosta, the small residence designed by the architect Enrico Scaramellini looks like a compact volume conceived to accommodate up to four people. Inside, the enveloping open space is articulated in a living area and a mezzanine entirely paneled with wood.

It is on the façade, however, that the volume sets its own grammar open to possible reconfigurations. Playing on the overlap between a blockbau lower band and an upper part in Xlam, Scaramellini anticipates a possible multiplication of the module. Leaving the base unchanged and intervening on the texture, articulation, and color of the roof, the prototype combination gives rise to a micro residential fabric defining unequivocally the identity of the landscape through controlled deviations.

Siingle-family house
Valtournenche, Aosta Valley
Enrico Scaramellini Architetto

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