Freefoot valley

This post was written by Andrea Paoletti

Val di Funes | Alto Adige | Italy

Forests, local farms malghe and the Dolomites. This is what you breathe in Val di Funes. A landscape created by its geological structure and the orientation of the valley, characterized by the superimposition of recent geological rock formations on some older quartz phyllite formations. A 24 km long valley and in the background the Dolomites: the Odle.
Since 2008 two new architectural structures fit into the context. A school and the Natural Park centre. Designed by Burger Rudacs Architekten, as result of an international competition. Two monolithic buildings that are juxtaposed with their reduced to the essence volumes to the imposing mountains. The buildings follow the natural flow of the hill slope and the direction of a stream. Large windows open staged views over the surrounding natural world.



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