Chalet Simonazzi: „Penchant for wood“
As a result of a series of different constructions, the existing Chalet Simonazzi consisted as a conglomerate of different volumes. Noa* (network of architecture) has added another story to the building and unified the different parts amongst a new facade.
The Chalet Simonazzi is located in Völs / Fiè (Italy) facing the outstanding scenery of the Schlern mountain: The landscape is shaped among grassland and hayfields, the architecture is rural and alpine, houses lean against a rather traditional building style with pitched roofs.
The site of the residence is densely built, therefore lacking of enough space – indoor and outdoor. The mission was the extension of the residence on one hand and the renovation of the existing apartments on the other hand. A variety of different constructions over the past years resulted in an only partially coherent overall picture. The goal was to create a homogeneous façade design, which evolves like a second skin above the existing and gives the building a new exterior.
The existing volume has been amplified with another storey in which 5 new apartments were located. In general the green space of all the apartments have been upgraded, the balconies have been transformed into generous terraces with a panorama view. The whole building have been supplied with a flat roof, which gives the terrace an attractive roof terrace – multiple shed roofs in the local style form the south façade; the building is integrated within the village.
“…The goal was to reduce the chaos of materials used in the existing building and to reduce it to an essential minimum: reclaimed timber. The new skin covers all horizontal and vertical surfaces, bottom view and balcony, inside and out, everywhere…” – Andreas Profanter
The facade of the whole residence has been renewed: walls, ceilings, balconies and bottom views are cladded with retro timber and give the building a unique nature. Because of the extended balconies and the roof terrace guests have more spaces to relax and enjoy outdoor life within the site.