In this project, where the investor comes from the village itself, the aim is to find a renewal strategy in which both visitors and residents can participate. The project presented here is between two existing ponds, each with a hamlet consisting of two consecutive rows of houses. In the analysis of the existing urban pattern, the architects discovered that the buildings were placed along the contour lines. To the rear lies the hill, which frames the settlements with its dense forest, while open spaces orientate to the ponds. The quality and form of the open spaces became a defining element for the new settlement strategy, which is composed of abstracted fragments of the existing T-shaped exterior spaces in the hamlets. After optimization on site, the new exterior was created, which balances visibility and orientation. The remaining areas became the footprint of the new buildings. This strengthens the local identity and fits the organically into the landscape.
The proposed buildings have one or two floors under a saddle roof, thus following the building typology of the villages. Simple natural stone bases, walls made of masonry or clay and traditional monk and nun tiles, characterize the architecture by its fusion with the existing material culture. The complex includes small hotel units, restaurants, a spa and other facilities relevant for rural tourism. These material qualities of the village and its integration within the landscape give the new buildings a self-evident character with local culture as its starting point.