Italian architecture firms ES-arch and Consalez Rossi Architetti Associati recently renovated a detached ski resort villa into a distinctively modern timber guest home. Built in the 1960s in the alpine municipality of Madesimo, the existing 4,300-square-foot building was completely refurbished and expanded with a 1,720-square-foot two-bedroom extension. The home is clad in metal and wood, and its raw and minimalist appearance helps it blend in to its natural surroundings.
House in Madesimo’s two-bedroom guesthouse extension was built with precast concrete panels clad in vertical strips of heat-treated larch. The variation of color and length in the untreated larch panels give the building a raw and contemporary look that will develop an attractive patina over time. The architects contrasted the warm wooden palette with gray gneiss split stone for the base and a cool Rheinzink titanium zinc cladding for the roof.
To satisfy the local planning regulation that extensions be physically connected to the original building, the architects created a low-profile stone passageway to link the villa with the guest home. The single-story corridor also divides the site’s steep slope into an upper garden above and a paved plaza below.
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