Baitridana Hut/

Rinaldo Del Nero


Project Details



Albaredo per San Marco (SO) / Italy



Year (Design/Construction):

2019 / 2022

Area (Net/Gross):

- / -
Operational Carbon emissions

Operational Carbon emissions (B6) kgCO2e/m2/y:

Embodied Carbon emissions

Embodied Carbon emissions (A1-A3) kgCO2e/m2:

  • Original (very) old structure maintained – no demolition and reconstruction.
  • Use of bio-based materials throughout.
  • Insulated wooden box within the existing shell.
  • Wood construction for the new building with fiberwood insulation and wood facade.
  • Efficient use of resources and materials, optimising the energy performance of the building.

Baitridana Hut is the restoration of an old stone structure located at 1900m in the Orobic Alps of Valtellina, within the municipality of Albaredo per San Marco in the Sondrio Province. The Baitridana maggengo (alpine pasture) is characterized by steep terrain which forms a stunning natural backdrop for scattered ancient buildings, some in use as temporary residences and others partly abandoned.

Although not officially recognized as a site of historical interest, the building in question represents a clear example of rural Alpine architecture, the vernacular of our ancestors and keeper of an historical, architectural and social memory.

The design intent of the restoration was to preserve the historical character as much as possible, preserving an authentic cultural message for posterity, while preventing the collapse or total abandonment of the structure. The use of the building continues as it was in the past, as a temporary residence.

The project envisaged the complete preservation of the historic building, undertaking the energy upgrades and consolidation of the structure by inserting an insulated wooden box within the existing shell. A breach on the North-West facade facilitated the connection of a new extension which contrasts the materiality and architectural form of the existing stone structure. The union between old and new is visually explicit and immediately perceived, giving honor to the historic rural structure and breathing new life into an authentic architectural expression of the pastoral past.

The composition of the two forms evokes the image of a young man supporting an old man. The new structure, eager to be noticed, stands out with its bright new cladding. But the real protagonist is the old building, renewed in its structural integrity yet a clear and tangible relic from the past.

The material difference is key for clarifying the hierarchy between the two structures and revealing the distinction in the construction period. Over time, the new larch wood cladding will “mature,” becoming gray and gradually blending in with the context.


  • Lead Architects: Rinaldo Del Nero
  • Photo Credits: Marcello Mariana


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