You are champions of traditional craftsmanship . . .
Armin: A house is the result of teamwork, of a process that is using lots of expertise, motivation, dedication, and pride of local craftspeople. In South Tyrol, their work expresses the regional values and culture. It is the local characters who shape construction, and who have an image of familiar spaces, materials, surfaces, motifs, or expressions. It is our task to bring these deep images and often subconscious memories to life. Building with locals therefore means to work not only physically together, but to think on a meta level and bond culture to the physically tangible.
For our way of creating architecture, the material and its appearance are very important. We don’t have a favorite material, but for each project we try to understand which is the ideal one. We work with materials according to their constructive rules to make the most of their possibilities, always paying great attention to how materials evolve and age over time.
When we work with wood, we take advantage of its great malleability. It can be used not only as a construction material, but also, for example, as a decorative material. Its peculiarity of being cut and worked into small elements might give us the possibility of creating a precious ceiling like the one in the Bad Schörgau Cooking Academy. Or to build an all-wooden house like ciAsa Aqua Bad Cortina (see below), without the need of insulation, adhesives, resins, or metallic joints. When we decide to work with concrete, we want to enhance its monolithic aspects and enrich it by combining the cement with special aggregates such as fragments of local stone. These make the surface reflect the stone of our mountains.