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issue 42 - February/March 2018
CURVE magazine cover February/March 2018
Architecture  Focus  


Escape it all Among the Trees

In the oldest and largest forest in Italy, where the rare wood of the spruce trees is used to construct violins and other musical instruments, a new addition to this famed mountain retreat has just opened. Named 'Pigna', this wonderfully whimsical project brings a fascinating addition to a remarkable area. Homes in trees, a fantastic, fun approach to life, these residences are incredible and tie man and nature every more firmly together.

Overseen by Architetto Beltrame Claudio, the project started from the desire to create a structure that is not only a refuge for man, but also a natural element of its environment, a mimesis of its surroundings. From the tree, for the tree. The concept phase was developed for an architectural competition in 2014, and a few years later it became a concrete project in the Italian Alps nearby Tarvisio on the border with Austria and Slovenia. The project is made up of two tree houses.

Each home is developed across three distinct levels, rising ten meters above the ground. The first floors hover four meters above the ground and serve as a panoramic covered terrace offering tranquil forest views. The second floor of each home houses the stairs which lead into the final level and are designed to imitate a pine cone, acting as a structural cage and leading to the interior through two large windows with sliding doors.

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