Fiat Chalet, more than a lodge
What makes a building eco-sustainable is the complete set of factors and interventions that imply social and economical processes in order to safeguard the environment: a work project –actually any work project developed by humans– should not impose itself on nature, but protect it, understand it, become an imperceptible complementary element of it. This was exactly the idea behind the restructuring of the Dosson hotel and restaurant, 2,100 meters above sea level on Monte Spinale in the Brenta Dolomites. Built between 1965 and 1968 as an accommodation for the nearby ski slopes, the Dosson has managed to distinguish itself from the classic, traditional alpine huts and common, conventional hotels in the valley ever since the beginning.
In 2016, an ambitious restoration work has been initiated, with a project entrusted to Artistudio and his team of architects Giovanni Berti and Monica Fondriest. They had the task of transforming Dosson into the Fiat Chalet: not just a simple shelter, an ordinary refuge, but an observatory on nature with high performances and reduced energy consumption, thanks to a series of targeted interventions, including also the recovery of rainwater in order to yield clean energy.
Following the trend of the best modern architectures, the Fiat Chalet has been designed to harmonize with the context hosting it and, at the same time, proudly claim its identity as a landmark.
The chalet is a landscape element of connection, an element that does not change the spectacular view of the Dolomites, but fits right in with it and with the majesty of the Brenta range.
The new structure has been built entirely of wood and mounted on the site of the existing structure. Its project, highly sustainable, integrates a building with limited environmental impact whose design goals, energy efficiency, improvement of the health condition, comfort and quality of enjoyment of the guests are reached by the integration of appropriate structures and technologies.
A prestigious architecture designed specifically for a location, such as Monte Spinale, unique from an environmental point of view: large windows are provided to guarantee an extraordinary 360° view, a view from Grostè to Crozzon di Brenta, up to the Adamello and Presanella Groups. It was this precise extraordinary panoramic position to have inspired the structure and the harmonious shape of the building.
In addition to the use of glass, for the perimeter structure there have been used tiles of dolomite, the rock that forms the Brenta Group, as well as corten, the material to guarantee endurance even in prohibitive conditions.
The coating of the wooden volume was made of zinc-titanium zintek®, a material fully in line with this project: secure, eco-sustainable, with a high aesthetic value. With its grey-rock colour, zintek® visually blends in with the wood and the surrounding landscape, providing full immersion in the area.
Also a must-have for a modern hotel structure is the rationalization of spaces in order to make them as functional as possible: the paths of users and staff have been designed so as to limit any mutual interference, while rendering all services easily accessible.
Fitted with all the comforts required by modern high standard hotels, the design of theFiat Chalet is the actual proof that living in the mountains without bothering, upsetting nature is possible, provided that one protects its uniqueness and delicate balance.