In the extreme north-west of the Italian Alps, immersed in the most unspoiled nature, House Cinsc is located in one of the few valleys spared by the expansion of mass tourism. We are at almost 1,400 meters above sea level, where the roads become gradually steeper to reach the small group of houses. Places inhabited for generations that have maintained vast expanses of cultivated land, have now returned to dense woods.
House Cinsc is an act of recovery and a reinterpretation of the Alpine rural dwelling. The project restores the old shape, consolidates the walls and intervenes by reconfiguring the interiors. Apparently devoid of ornament, it is rigorous and minimal in language, as Alpine culture dictates. The contrast between exterior and interior is evident: outside a hard, cold stone body, mimetic with the landscape; inside, instead, an intimate and warm environment, where timber is the protagonist.
The recovery was a balancing act between tradition and contemporaneity, in an attempt to maintain the identity of the place and preserve the Alpine Rural Heritage. For further information please visit www.atomaa.eu.
PROJECT House Cinsc ARCHITECTS Atomaa LEAD ARCHITECTS Andrea Del Pedro Pera, Cesare Galligani, Umberto Maj LOCATION Varzo, Italy YEAR 2020 PHOTO Alberto Strada