Abri des Skieurs

The chalet called Abri des skieurs, located on the grounds in front of the Cervinia ski lifts, was demolished and rebuilt by Bettiol Architecture.
From the outset, the clear intention was to generate new architecture with character, suited to the prominent position it occupies in relation to the cable car to Plan Maison, but above all energy-efficient architecture.

The planned intervention consists of three above-ground storeys, a basement and a non-habitable attic, which is, however, necessary to animate the volumes of the building and to diffuse a homogeneous zenithal light inside.
The fulcrum of the composition is the large, partially double-height living area on the ground floor, including the living room, dining area, a fireplace corner and piano corner.
Also on the ground floor, the kitchen takes shape with the possibility of going directly outside onto the summer veranda.

The basement floor is reserved exclusively for transitory functions, namely the garage, which through a hallway leads to the staff changing room, to the relative service and to the ironing and laundry room, a food pantry with a rear cold room, an important wine cellar, a workshop/wood storage room, an additional service, the changing room for ski-posts with direct ski-in/ski-out access, and the heating plant with independent entrance.

Going upwards, the second volume of the residence is defined, constituting the sleeping area, developed on two floors and surrounded on each side by a balcony in unfinished wood that contributes to extending its silhouette.
On the first floor, the children’s rooms take shape, comprising a single room with its own bathroom and two single rooms with a bathroom on the floor, as well as a small loft intended as a TV corner.
The second floor of the residence houses the master’s room: through a large hallway with a bookcase and a chaise longue behind a window overlooking the valley, a bright reading corner has been created that precedes the bedroom proper. The latter is enriched by a sitting area and the corresponding walk-in wardrobe, which also serves as an anteroom for the adjoining stately bathroom.

The residence is made up of thick larch boards left exposed, as are the floors, with the exception of the entrance and the kitchen, which are made up of a brushed rough stone finish.
In accordance with the client’s wishes, the aim was to create a wooden jewel-box that conceals the fixed furniture such as cupboards, bookcases and sideboards at first glance and from which the furnishings seem to stand out by contrast.
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Project: Abri des Skieurs
Studio: Bettiol Architecture
Year: 2023