The project idea starts from a reflection on what can be a small-scale reconfiguration of an Alpine city. A city capable not only of accommodating possible environmental transformations such as those that occurred at the time and after the tourist boom, but above all capable of representing a fundamental reference model for the interaction of small and rhapsodic transformations of the territory. It is therefore a working hypothesis that aims to investigate the characteristics of a new form of micro-city, which will be expressed as a complete organism, endowed with the complexity that has characterized the historic city, but characterized by its expansion at the landscape scale. The predominant theme was therefore the landscape and the mountain as a prevailing and discriminating element in the positioning choices of the volumes, and therefore of the functional and technological aspects.
This intent was pursued along two main lines of work: one relating to the adaptation of the building to the orography and the other relating to the materials and their use.
In the face of these architectural choices we have tried to reinterpret the reasons of traditional language, extracting the essence of the construction rules, the tectonic reasons for the use of materials, structures and masonry, the climatic logics of orientations, openings and coverings and experiencing an architecture that is both new and rooted in tradition.

Project: Cortina Senior City
Location: Cortina d’Ampezzo, IT
Year: 2014
Team: Pacaram + Arch. F. Barlese + Arch. D. Tonini