Mountain Stone House/

Vudafieri - Saverino Partners


Project Details



Crana / Italy



Year (Design/Construction):

- / 2015

Area (Net/Gross):

- / -
Operational Carbon emissions

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

Embodied Carbon emissions

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  • Reuse and restoration of two abandoned farm buildings
  • Use of local stone as main material for the walls and timber for the windows.
  • Cross Laminated Timber used for the new structural elements

The project by the Italian Studio Vudafieri-Saverino Partners involves the restoration and reuse of two old farm buildings located in a small mountain village in northern Italy. An exercise of “correct practice” intervention in a strongly traditional historical context, transforming the existing with respect and adapting it to contemporary use.

Crana – Italy | The concepts of re-using, restoring and reclaiming architectural skeletons come to life in the Mountain Stone House project by Vudafieri -Saverino Partners. The objective was to transform a rural house into a home with high levels of energy performance.

The house is situated at the entrance of Val Bregaglia, in Northern Italy, in the middle of the 16th century rural settlement of Crana. In the late ‘700 the village had more than a hundred inhabitants, but nowadays it’s in a state of semi-abandonment and the few restored buildings are almost exclusively used as holiday homes.The client bought a first lot where there was a semi-collapsed rural houseconsisting in a barn and a stable, with major problems of geological stability.

Vudafieri and Saverino Partners were able to solve the problems of stability by using a reinforcing structure, leaving the exterior of the house consistent with the pre-existing architecture of the small medieval town of Crana. The side of the slope has been dug out and has been secured with reinforced concrete structures, while the original stone volume has been restored with a philological approach.

The interior of the house was renovated according to traditional guidelines: on the ground floor, it has been realized a bedroom and a bathroom and, on the upper floor, a living room and a kitchen, as well as a mezzanine area with space for two beds.

After the completion of the construction works, the client bought the adjacent building. The new project included an aerial link between the two volumes, consisting in a wood and glass bridge. The two buildings become a unique articulated and distinguished living space.

The external architectural choices reflect the local traditions in terms of materials, typologies and morphological aspects. The only visible contemporary signs on the facade are the presence of two large fixed windows, which are facing on the South and on the East towards the mountain landscape. In the interior, three are the elements in relationship: the wood, the sunlight in the space, the panoramic views.

Project: Vudafieri-Saverino Partners, Claudio Saverino and Tiziano Vudafieri
Design Team: Roberta La Vena, Elisa Zhu
Photography: Paolo Valentini


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