Pedevilla Brothers designed La Pedevilla Chalet, two pitched roof black volumes perfectly placed at the very edge of a stephill. Situated in the Dolomites amongst the protected Viles, these residential houses stand at 1,200 meters above sea level.
The location is exceptional, with a very twisting and winding road leading up to the houses. Occasionally, cyclists can be seen climbing with their last breath to the top. Despite the enormous cost, the view at the top is well worth it.
What makes this project so unique is the story behind it. At first, it was just meant to be a house for the architect's family. During the implementation of the process, the idea evolved. Finally two independent houses were created, connected by a concrete staircase path. The second additional building was intended to become a guesthouse. A number of elements and motives from local architecture have been incorporated into this design, although the tradition has been reinterpreted for modern times. The pair of buildings pays homage to the region’s "Les Viles" architecture style, which is comprised of a farmhouse and stable, and characterized by wooden facades, gable roofs, and loggia-type balconies shielded from the wind.
The black cladding gives the project an elegant yet striking appearance. However, on the contrary, the interiors are very minimalist, with concrete floors and walls dominating, sometimes contrasted by solid wood elements (cantilevered staircase, window frames). With a horizontally designed window on one side, the overall effect is complemented by a breathtaking view. The landscape seems to tower over you while at the same time you are part of it.
The house consists of two levels, the first with an open-plan kitchen with living room and bathroom, and the second, upper level with two guest bedrooms.
La Pedevilla chalet is a modern mountain refuge combining silence, simplicity and closeness to nature. Visit the owner's website to learn more about rental options.
Armin and Alexander Pedevilla studied architecture at the Technical University in Graz. After graduating, they both independently founded their own office in Austria. The brothers returned to South Tyrol in 2005, driven by the desire for an alpine building, to establish the office Pedevilla Architects together. Since then, their practice has made a name for itself in the national and international architecture scene. It is now one of the most renowned offices in the whole of Europe. Their work has received numerous awards, has been published, and has been shown in numerous architectural exhibitions.