clinicaurbana restores traditional alpine italian architecture with casa gianìn

clinicaurbana restores traditional alpine italian architecture with casa gianìn

italian architecture studio clinicaurbana completes its restoration of casa gianìn in the zoldo valley of the dolomites. alpine constructions of this region are built according to the same principles that the studio seeks to apply in architecture today. in the renovation of the residential casa gianìn, the functional, the essential character of their building methods and aesthetics were preserved and pursued. for that reason clinicaurbana describes its approach as an act of ‘repair work.’

clinicaurbana casa gianin
all images by valentino nicola



clinicaurbana’s restoration of casa gianìn forms part of a larger project involving several rustic buildings in the village of coi in the zoldo valley in the dolomites. these buildings make a substantial contribution to the appearance of a typical man-made alpine environment. they are a precious testimony to the usages and practices of a vanished way of life, inviting the architects to design in a way that cares for what is extant.

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the project takes the form of ‘repair work’ both to buildings and landscape. the object of the renovation and extension was to create three completely independent residential units. the original stone-built house has been entirely preserved, eliminating all the more recent additions, and restored to its status as a significant village ‘landmark.’ the newly-built extension is independent both in form and function. the new building reinterprets the established pattern of rural architecture in the valley: a larch-wood structure with lattice-work openings built over a stone substructure.

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project info:


project name: casa gianìn

architecture firm: clinicaurbana

location: coi, valle di zoldo (bl), italy

lead architects: matteo sartori, valentino nicola, claudia battistella, alberto cibinetto

program: residential

photography: valentino nicola

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