“(…) The top
is possible only thanks to the bottom and, vice versa, the bottom is possible
only thanks to the top. And so, its parts affect each other much more than the
characteristics of the plain. It is through their relativity that the elements
of the mountain landscape come to an unit of the aesthetic image, which it is
similar to organic form due to the vital interaction of its parts.
George Simmel, Essays on the
The man who lives in these places surrounds himself by the intense
presence of the nature, nature that becomes itself, for this reason, essential
part of everyday through closed horizons, premature sunsets, impassable slopes,
and that affirms itself as a regular feature in lifestyle, in the way of
moving, filling the space, appropriating the territory.
The connection with the environment is deep, primordial. Every
construction represents an element of understanding and balance towards the
Settlements, agricultural wefts, as well as paths, are structured guided
by unwritten rules, generated both by the knowledge and the comprehension of
the land, developed by men over the course of time. During this course of time
the mankind fine tuned a series of devices capable of establishing a balanced
relationship with the landscape surrounding him, such as: seeking the light,
protecting himself from the wind, following slopes in order to properly occupy
the ground, tilting roofs for letting slide the snow. These are just some of
the only apparently simple actions that build the identity of such landscapes,
shaped through a continuous their own work of development and improvement.
The Ampëz Hotel project was born following these principles, as a piece of
work that takes part to the construction of the unique landscape, like the
Cortina one, through its own elements. Tilt roofs, wood grains, consistency of
the stone, they all merge together into an architecture object that wants to
become landscape itself.
It is the basement that rules the relationship with the altitude of the
soil, turning into an open diaphragm that creates a connection between the
activities of the hotel and the context. Into this basement, as a matter of
fact, will be contained all of those activities open to the public, such as:
one of the two restaurants, the spa, the pool, the gym and the meeting room.
It is a landmark inspired by the
reinterpreted in a contemporary key local architectures; it contains those
rooms facing the valley and the wood, becoming “a tiny peak leaning on the