10 Minutes with Arman Pedevilla
We asked Arman Pedevilla from Pedevilla to give The Together Project's readers some background on the design.
How will this home be used?
The ciAsa is home to the Alberti-Mutschlechner family, owners to the Hotel Aqua Bad Cortina.
How long did this project take?
We started to work on an overall concept to supplement the clients’ hotel estate, the “Aqua Bad Cortina”, in April 2018.
It consisted of three parts: an expansion to the existing hotel & restaurant, a new building in which the thermal baths would be housed, and the family’s private house.The house, called “ciAsa”, was the first lot to be realised. Construction started in March 2019 and took 8 months.
How does this fit within your broader body work?
The project is a consistent continuation of our architectural approach, considering its reduction and simplicity. Above all, we live and experience the purist use of materials – in this case wood. We build with local materials, local craftsmen and the personalities of South Tyrol’s local community. It is not so much an intellectual matter as it is an emotional one: we want to give our projects the opportunity to age with dignity. We are looking at the cycles of the materials used, their durability and longevity, but also at traditional craftsmanship methods that have been handed down, and at knowledge that was thought to be lost – above all, we want to arouse materials to life.
Why this is important?
For us, the integration of a building into existing local structures is just as crucial as responding to the particular temperature, climate influences or the selection of natural building materials. None of the projects we develop is alike any other, each is special and unique for the location and the task. We are known for keeping our projects simple, often monochrome. For example, we decide on a colour or a material that we formulate precisely. This gives the buildings a down-to-earth feel and sculptural component – present – yet sensual.
The ciAsa Aqua Bad Cortina is a great embodiment of this claim, as the project focuses consequently on the use of wood which fell during Storm Vaja in October 2018 and takes advantage of other materials and knowledge from the valley.