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Mountain residence in the Dolomites: a harmony of modernity and nature by Delnia

Project name:
Mountain Residence in The Dolomites
Architecture firm:
Delora design
The Dolomites, Italy
Tools used:
Midjourney AI, Adobe Photoshop
Principal architect:
Delnia Yousefi
Design team:
Studio Delora
Built area:
800 m²
Site area:
800 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Delnia yousefi
Concept - Design
Residential › House

Delnia Yousefi: Nestled in the awe-inspiring landscape of The Dolomites in Italy, designed with a minimalist approach, the residence spans four distinct yet interconnected sections, each offering a unique perspective of the rugged mountainous terrain.

The first section, positioned adjacent to the main path and almost at the peak, comprises the entrance lobby. This two-story area serves as the welcoming heart of the residence, setting the tone for the entire structure with its clean lines and expansive windows. From here, one is drawn into the second section, accessible via a picturesque footpath. This part, stretching over five floors, includes the living quarters – bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen. Each space is meticulously designed to blend simplicity with luxury, characterized by minimal decor and a color palette that echoes the mountain rock textures, all illuminated by warm, inviting lighting.

The third section of the residence is perhaps its most intriguing. Essentially a network of corridors and intimate spaces, these areas are carved into the mountain itself, connecting the different sections internally while causing minimal disruption to the natural landscape. Rather than extensively carving into the mountain, the design minimizes intrusion. Internal corridors and limited spaces are seamlessly integrated into the mountain with minimal excavation. To maintain the natural integrity of the landscape, the residence features artificial structures resembling rock formations, blending the built environment with the natural surroundings. This innovative design choice not only preserves the integrity of the mountain but also creates a unique experience of traversing through the heart of the Dolomites.

Finally, the fourth part of the residence emerges as a single-floor structure, seemingly birthed from the mountain. Accessible only through an internal corridor, this section is a marvel of architectural creativity. Its facade, like the rest of the residence, is clad in a serene white with soft corners, but with a cantilevered design that gives the impression of it emerging organically from the mountain. This section epitomizes the design ethos of the entire residence – a harmonious blend of human creativity and natural beauty.

Throughout the residence, the white facades contrast beautifully with the rugged mountain landscape, offering panoramic views that change with each section. The windows are tall and wide, designed to frame the stunning vistas and flood the interiors with natural light. The residence, though relatively small and comprising limited rooms, does not compromise on luxury and comfort. The interior design is intentionally simple and minimalistic, focusing on quality over quantity and ensuring that the beauty of the Dolomites remains the focal point.

This residence is more than just a place to stay; it's an experience, a retreat that invites its inhabitants to immerse themselves in the tranquility of the mountains. It demonstrates how modern architecture can coexist with nature, not by dominating the landscape, but by becoming an integral part of it. The use of sustainable materials and construction methods further underscores the commitment to environmental stewardship.

In conclusion, this futuristic mountain residence in The Dolomites is a unique architectural achievement. Its innovative design, respectful integration with the landscape, and breathtaking views offer a rare opportunity to live in harmony with one of the world’s most stunning natural wonders.

By Alfredo Gonzalez

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