Designed in 2007 by Mario Mazzer Architects, this rustic wood mountain apartment is located in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, thanks to the restoration that has created comfortable living spaces also in the attic, a wooden parts were recovered and used for floors, walls, stairs, doors and furniture. All the furnishings are custom made and realised by local artisans.
Description by Mario Mazzer Architects
Situated on the last of four floors of a 60’s building with a traditional distribution, the apartment gained major air space and a strong characterization thanks to the restructuring. A living continuum was created through the use of traditional materials, exalting the sensorial, chromatic, visual, tactile, taste and hearing characteristics.
All wood parts come from an old South Tyrolean farm, which was demolished a few years, and after a thorough restoration and cleaning of the surface showed the beauty of the material consumed by time.
The beams and planks were used for the replacement of the roofs, stairs, floors and walls.
The walls obtained by simple superposition of sandwich plates with internally soundproofing material, create a continuous interrupted only by functional elements in contrasting materials such as frosted glass, stainless steel, polished steel.
The soft and warm floor of the living area is in Botticino marble slabs, polished and sanded by hand.
A large cut in the roof defines a stone terrace of Cugnan, with sweeping views of the Tofane. The floor is split into slabs, the walls are obtained by the superposition of dry stone in different thicknesses, creating light and shade effects similar to the peaks.
The ceiling of the master room is characterized by an offset of steel along the perimeter, where the lights are housed and curtains, that highlights the characteristic non-coplanarity of the plaster.
The small bathroom also has a sink carved wood in old beams, the main one is covered in Botticino, with the shower enclosure carved from a block. The sliding door of the cabin and the towel rack chrome contrasts with the textured surface of the marble and wood paneling under the stairs, the latter incorporated into the bathroom and used by inserting a cabinet bright.
The bathroom of the new plan has parts of the walls and glass shower wall painted white, and the service bathroom has walls, floor and sink in the mosaic orange.
A slight sign of stainless steel allows to locate the access door to the apartment and that of the main chamber, the latter has the same wall thickness.
The staircase is defined between two high walls of wooden steps with back lighting, the inclined plane is lead waxed.
A strong architectural impact is the volume that mask the pipes from the lower floors and encloses the gas fireplace, highlighted by a frame in steel.
All furnishings are made by the designer and use old spruce for containers, steel for the kitchen, or iron rust for container partition entry-dining room. The latter uses old iron plates assembled by beating and getting a very special and evocative textures (creation Candeago Cortina).
The dining chairs come from the Burgundy and are typical of the houses of the shepherds in the eighteenth century.
The slender sculptures, purchased in Paris, are two old fence poles of the Breton countryside, carved by unknown peasants at the end of the nineteenth century.
The large painting in the living room to the nineteenth century and comes from Hungary, and uses a special technique for whites that vary according to the quantity and quality of light.
The still life, the end of the seventeenth century, behind the dining table belongs to the Flemish De Kooning.
The sofa is on a design and covered in red cloth, the ottoman near the fireplace is lined with shearling reverse stitching alive that highlight the hair. The curtains for the day using a particular pleated fabric, while those for the total darkness of the night are housed internally and sliding over the windows.
The bed container is made of wood with upholstered headboard in cloth, the bedcover is in Mohair wool and the linen in gauze curtain. All fabrics are produced by Sacho Hasslein.
Photography courtesy of Mario Mazzer Architects