Villa Madonna: A Harmonious Blend of Tradition and Innovation

Joseph Di Pasquale's Award-Winning Design Melds Mountain Architecture with Organic Design

Joseph Di Pasquale's Villa Madonna, a hotel extension in Alpe di Siusi, Italy, is a testament to the harmonious blend of traditional mountain architecture and organic design. Inspired by the summit of the Sciliar mountain range, the design captures the peak's view while interpreting the basic compositional role of traditional mountain buildings using modern, technical materials. The result is a unique, eco-friendly design that has earned the Golden A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award in 2023.

The design's unique properties lie in its meaningful relationship with the natural context. Despite its stylistic and linguistic differentiation, the architecture manages to converse harmoniously with the more traditional character of the existing building. The extension's morphology was determined by the goal of capturing this relationship, leading to an architecture that, while distinct, fits seamlessly into its surroundings.

The choice of materials was governed by the desire for durability and high energy performance, while still reflecting the tradition of mountain buildings. Stone, glass, and wood were used, all sourced from a supply chain with low carbon dioxide production. This commitment to eco-friendliness extends to the design's operation, with the new extension integrated into the existing architectural context through a re-functionalization of spaces.

The design's realization was not without its challenges. The most complex part was designing a building envelope that would integrate with the pre-existing landscape and hotel, while also taking on new architectural significance. However, through careful research and observation of the surrounding area, Di Pasquale was able to overcome these challenges and create a design that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

The Villa Madonna extension is more than just a building; it's an experience. Light and views of the outdoor space filter into the interior through physical discretizations of the infills, creating a seamless connection between the interior and exterior. The reception, a refreshment area, and various reading-conversation rooms are included in this new shell, providing guests with a unique, immersive experience.

Built in 2021, the Villa Madonna extension is a testament to the power of design to create meaningful relationships with the natural context. It's a shining example of how tradition and innovation can come together to create something truly unique. With its Golden A' Design Award, it's clear that this design is not just a marvel of architecture, but a trendsetting creation that advances art, science, design, and technology.

Project Details and Credits

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Project Name: Villa Madonna

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