Italy’s northernmost province combines Alpine staidness with Italian joie-de-vivre, the Dolomites – a UNESCO World Heritage site – and cultural diversity. The Wandered Collective is a growing community of selected, multi-disciplinary talent from South Tyrol. All talents forge their own path in and outside of their ‘Heimat’. Among the talents: Pedevilla Architekten.
The Architectural Brotherhood
Alexander and Armin Pedevilla – two brothers and both architects, founded Pedevilla Architects in 2005. Challenging architectural projects in both, private and public spheres, are one of their main tasks. The studio also provides creative interior designs and innovative concepts – always implementing the desired and needs of the people. With their works, the office established a conception and understanding where modern regional architecture achieves a whole new significance.
In the context of traditional art of construction and contemporary reinterpretation, of genuine craftsmanship and deliberate revival, but most of all the context of materiality and their appropriate eligibility. With the private house ‘La Pedevilla’ and the fire station ‘The Rose of Vierschach’ – both award-winning projects but with a diverse approach .
“The Mountains tend to remove us from the world – and yet bring us closer emotionally. The solitude, the calm and the proximity to nature de-sync our daily routines. It is this harmony that is one with the mountains, which was transferred to the architecture of the House Nr.13 Pliscia.”
La Pedevilla is a modern refuge, high up in the Dolomites, which had been designed with a lot of sensitivity to its surround. Featuring vast picture windows, sheltered balconies, and serene wood-and-white interiors, these timber chalets have been designed to soak up peace and quiet of their secluded location.
The special thing about this newly built house, which continues the tradition of the Ladin “Doppelhof” (two farmhouses connected by one roof) – is obviously the modern architecture. On the one hand it is modest, but on the other sustainable and snug. And the building materials were all sourced locally: Dolomite stones, Swiss pine and larch wood.
The Rose of Vierschach
The Italian studio designed a minimal rose-tinted structure that serves as a fire station for the town of Vierschach in South Tyrol. Built in the remote Pusteria Valley, close to the border of Austria, an obviously simple shaped building is situated alongside the main road. Although the design is all about simplicity and the reduction of detail, the building is in fact an experiment within itself.
LiaPor – A Concrete Structure
Made out of light-weight concrete, with a product named LiaPor, the outer shell challenges constructive and static parameters, but deals also with insulation requirements. The project’s main feature is surely the level of pre-fabrication of its outer shell, which minimised necessary finishing works of the construction and the buildings fit-out. Irregularities or divergences in the concrete only adds charm to the material and the character of the building.
The usage of only a few materials, and attainment of a robust and simple construction, led to an extreme economic efficiency of the building. Furthermore all sensible choice of materials ensures a high durability and reduced maintenance costs.