This cozy mountain cabin in Northern Italy was built using locally sourced stone and traditional building techniques. The owners commissioned architect Alfredo Vanotti to replace an existing stone ruin with a daylit residence that embodies the essence of mountain architecture.
Located well above sea level, the quaint Casa VI offers spectacular views of the surrounding valley. By reinterpreting traditional building techniques and using local craftsmanship to create custom elements such as a fireplace and furniture, the architect created a warm interior that mixes stone, reinforced concrete, natural larch and iron.
Daylighting played a significant role in the design of the house. Through careful analysis of the context and the possibilities in terms of sun exposure, Vanotti designed the layout and roof orientation and introduced skylights and large openings to provide natural lighting throughout the year.
Casa VI comprises a ground floor, living room, kitchen and a bathroom, with a double-height south zone. The bedrooms and an office space occupy the first floor.
Photos by Marcello Mariana