Appropriate_Bistro Bergsteiger by PLASMA STUDIO sensitively dialogues with its UNESCO Natural Heritage surroundings

Appropriate_Bistro Bergsteiger by PLASMA STUDIO sensitively dialogues with its UNESCO Natural Heritage surroundings

23 Sep 2021 News

On the edge of an embankment in the midst of the UNESCO Natural Heritage area of the Dolomites of Sesto, Appropriate_Bistro Bergsteiger by PLASMA STUDIO is sensitively situated into its natural and built context.

Florian Jaenicke

With dimensions reduced as much as possible, geometries are adapted so that they do not visually interfere with the existing protected buildings.

In plan, the new volume aligns with the listed building, while the reduced heights are studied to connect its southern elevation with the overall profile of the constructed elements. The result is an architecture that is ‘appropriate’ to the context, which nevertheless develops with character.

Florian Jaenicke

The interior is designed in order to offer an undisturbed view to as many visitors as possible. The double-pitched roof surface is treated with intensive green and rises towards the main view while full-height windows allow spectacular views of the mountain landscape.

Florian Jaenicke

 

The main room is composed of different areas: the counter, the circulation space, and the two dining areas. These spaces are defined in order to enhance the sense of intimacy and tranquillity but unified in character as they allow a wide view thanks to the difference of height between the floors. Further to affording great views, the glass façade that separates the interior space from the exterior terrace can be opened, thus extending the interior spaces outward. 

In terms of materiality, the building is inspired by the nearby listed structure which features spray plaster inside and outside, and a larch wood cladding designed as a contemporary reinterpretation of the old decorative motif.

Florian Jaenicke

In summary, dialogue with the context and moderation in the intervention define a project that is fully defined in its ‘appropriateness’.

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