La Pedevilla

Trentino-Alto Adige/South Tyrol, Italy
Architect
  • Pedevilla Architects
Interior Design
  • Pedevilla Architects
Photographer
  • Gustav Willeit
Publications
  • Location
  • Trentino-Alto Adige/South Tyrol, Italy
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Farmhouse
  • Square Feet
  • 1022.57
  • Nestled in the Dolomite mountains of northeastern Italy, La Pedevilla is a modern cousin to the traditional farm homes dotting the picturesque hamlet of Pliscia. Its larch wood cladding, painted black, stands both in contrast to the surrounding greenery and in conversation with the distant Alps, a fitting metaphor for a structure that straddles the divide between the old world and the new.

    Built by Armin Pedevilla and his brother Alexander of Pedevilla Architects, the chalet includes two buildings: one is home to Armin, his architect wife Caroline, and their three children Laurenz, Valerian, and Helena. The other is available to rent throughout the year for $246 to $392 per night depending on the season.

    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. La Pedevilla also carries the tradition of being self-sufficient by drawing from its own water source and using geothermal and solar energy. Perched at an altitude of over 3,900 feet in a community of 23 people, four farms, and a church, the chalet affords unsurpassable views and the opportunity for guests to decompress.

    Modern home with Exterior, House, Metal Roof Material, and Wood Siding Material. Guests can buy fresh cheese, milk, and eggs from the neighbors.  Photo  of La Pedevilla

    Guests can buy fresh cheese, milk, and eggs from the neighbors.

    Each season makes for its own experience. With the popular Kronplatz ski resort nearby, winter guests can take their pick of skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, and more. In the spring, wildflowers blanket the valley, and summer is the ideal time to dive into a mountain lake. During fall, the changing leaves create a fiery spectacle.  Photo 2 of La Pedevilla modern home

    Each season makes for its own experience. With the popular Kronplatz ski resort nearby, winter guests can take their pick of skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, and more. In the spring, wildflowers blanket the valley, and summer is the ideal time to dive into a mountain lake. During fall, the changing leaves create a fiery spectacle.

    Modern home with Office, Desk, Chair, and Bookcase. The room can easily adapt to become a study, lounge, or entertainment space. Photo 3 of La Pedevilla

    The room can easily adapt to become a study, lounge, or entertainment space.

    The loggia-inspired balcony, a fixture of the region's architecture, protects guests from harsh winds. Photo 4 of La Pedevilla modern home

    The loggia-inspired balcony, a fixture of the region's architecture, protects guests from harsh winds.

    The minimal interior lends a modern feel to the chalet. Photo 5 of La Pedevilla modern home

    The minimal interior lends a modern feel to the chalet.

    Modern home with Bedroom, Light Hardwood Floor, and Dresser. Two bedrooms occupy the second floor. This one, outfitted with stone pine furniture, looks out at a steep meadow. Photo 6 of La Pedevilla

    Two bedrooms occupy the second floor. This one, outfitted with stone pine furniture, looks out at a steep meadow.

    The main floor holds a spacious living area with a fold-out sofa, reading materials, a flat screen TV, and children's toys. Photo 7 of La Pedevilla modern home

    The main floor holds a spacious living area with a fold-out sofa, reading materials, a flat screen TV, and children's toys.

    Armin and Alexander Pedevilla took design inspiration from the traditional farmhouses of the region. Photo 8 of La Pedevilla modern home

    Armin and Alexander Pedevilla took design inspiration from the traditional farmhouses of the region.

    Upstairs, a wooden slatted wall doubles as a bookshelf. Photo 9 of La Pedevilla modern home

    Upstairs, a wooden slatted wall doubles as a bookshelf.

    Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, House, and Wood Siding Material. Only local materials were used to build the chalet, including the larch wood cladding of the exterior, to reinforce the connection between indoors and outdoors. Photo 10 of La Pedevilla

    Only local materials were used to build the chalet, including the larch wood cladding of the exterior, to reinforce the connection between indoors and outdoors.

    In contrast to the dark exterior, the interior is made of white concrete with aggregates of dolomite rock. Photo 11 of La Pedevilla modern home

    In contrast to the dark exterior, the interior is made of white concrete with aggregates of dolomite rock.

    Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Chair, and Concrete Floor. The kitchen and dining room enjoy panoramic mountain views. Local pine was hand-hewn for the flooring, windows, doors, and furniture throughout the residence. Photo 12 of La Pedevilla

    The kitchen and dining room enjoy panoramic mountain views. Local pine was hand-hewn for the flooring, windows, doors, and furniture throughout the residence.

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