Location: Ponte di Legno, Italy
Program: Infrastructure, Hospitality, Museum
Size: 16.000 m²
Status: International Competition — Finalist
Luca Moscelli — Principal Architect
The proposal is finalist among other renowed international offices such as SANAA/Kazuyo Sejima and Snøhetta
The identity for the new cableway aims to reconcile architecture and landscape, use and contemplation. From a place of transit, alien to its surrounding, this infrastructural typology becomes a place that builds relationships, inviting visitors to adapt to the slower pace of the mountain, beholding its magnificence and fragility.
Alpine architecture comes from the construction and material tradition of a given territory and is composed of recurring functional devices that became symbolic over time.The pitched roof is the most recognizable element, conceived as a fifth elevation of the architectural volume, a thin line between earth and sky, able to offer shelter and at the same time generate unexpected moments of sociality. The protruding plane generates a generous space framing the landscape, while its geometric profile enhances the Alpine topography by contrast.
The blending between the architecture of the stations and the huts provides a familiar yet contemporary identity to the new cableway. The recognizable architectural profiles, made of thin lines that plow the landscape, recur along the entire route and reinvent the identity of the place. The four interventions define a new territory, readable as a unitary and coherent whole, while preserving its unique relationship to the surrounding landscape.