Federico Delrosso engages with the project of a house in the mountains, minimal and perfectly integrated into the Alpine landscape of the Aosta Valley (Italy), located at over 2,000 meters high on the slopes of Mont Blanc in the La Thuile valley – Les Souches.
The renovation project of a rustic stone cottage has produced a new compact architectural volume that enhances the expressive power of the dry stone primary structure, typical of high mountain constructions, here certainly reworked.
The building has the primary stone envelope that contains the roof structure, which discharges to the ground on the main front with a vertical scan. This, in turn, is continued on the rear floor with full-height windows that offer a spectacular opening to the mountain landscape. The orientation of the building offers the most astonishing views.
“The house was built adjacent to a project by the renowned Italian architect Carlo Mollino (Casa Olivero 1962) unique in the La Thuile valley. The design intervention could not ignore the dialogue with the work of the great master. I, therefore, focused on a more compact and contemporary form with a well-defined identity inspired by the landscape of the surrounding mountains ” says Federico Delrosso.
Photo credits: Jacopo Spilimbergo
Milan, January 2020
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FEDERICO DELROSSO – Biography
Federico Delrosso, architect and designer from Biella operates at an international level since 2001 in Milan, where he established his studio Federico Delrosso Architects, dedicated towards architecture, interior, and product design. He had a significant International media for his project Twin Lofts, his and his friend’s Alessandro Sartori’s home.
In the field of design of furniture and lighting, many important collaborations were made with brands like Davide Groppi and Henry Timi. The wall lamp Mima (2007, for Davide Groppi) was nominated for the 21st Compasso d’Oro 2008 and joined as a permanent collection of ADI (Association for the industrial design). Furthermore, floor lamp Hashi, designed also for Davide Groppi, got selected for ADI 2019 and is competing for the Compasso d’Oro 2020.
Several of his projects enter the shortlist of the finalists of the prestigious Best of Year Award, of the Interior Design magazine (USA) including the Notime Restaurant in Montecarlo and the Trapezio Kitchen, designed for Henry Timi.
Various publications were made on National and International magazines such as Elle Decor, Interni, Interior Design; in 2013, his first monograph Pushing the Boundaries (Skira), which presented a selection of projects realized in twenty years of works, was published.
In the context of Biennale di Architettura 2018, within Time Space Existence, an exhibition by GAA Foundation hosted by the European Cultural Centre, he presented the architecture installation Work in Progress. Official selection at the Milano Design Film Festival 2018, Dreaming the Real is a film directed by Luca De Santis and curated by Davide Giannella, which narrates the one and a half year journey around the visions and imaginations developed by Federico Delrosso in a 20-year career, through the images from the work site of Teca House.
Speaker in Mexico, Dubai, Ecuador, China, Turkey, he was also invited at the Biennal of Architecture in Moscow to give a lecture on the topic ‘Light and Architecture’ and was nominated as a member of the Presidential Committee for the IIDA (International interior design association) of Chicago.