Officina82 Employs Wood and Stone to Renovate Abandoned Rye Barn in the Italian Alps

Officina82’s innovative approach to the renovation of an abandoned rye barn nestled in the Italian Alps brings together traditional materials like wood and stone with sustainable design principles. The LOFT, part of the Selucente accommodation project, preserves the original stone structure while introducing modern elements such as a new mezzanine floor with expansive dormer windows, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding valley. This transformation not only revitalizes the abandoned space but also serves as a testament to the studio’s commitment to blending heritage preservation with contemporary design.

Situated within the broader revitalization effort for the Alpisella alpine hamlet, Officina82’s renovation project represents a sustainable model for rural restoration. By utilizing cost-effective interventions and drawing inspiration from traditional Alpine architecture, such as shepherd huts and barns, the studio seeks to reimagine the built heritage of rural Italy. Through meticulous attention to detail, including the use of eco-friendly materials like wood fiber insulation and pigmented cement flooring, Officina82’s design approach respects the authenticity of the original structure while meeting the modern housing needs of today’s inhabitants.


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