March 22, 2013
Project: In the Rock—Fire Brigade Magreid
Architect: bergmeisterwolf architekten
Location: Magreid, Italy
Taking inspiration from the region’s many wine caves, the Fire Brigade of Magreid was inserted directly into an imposing rockface. This novel solution was highly economical for the small town—instead of taking up valuable cultivated land, the firehouse was fit into formerly inaccessible space in the cliff beneath city hall. Using a flexible tunneling technique, three self-supporting vaulted spaces were bored into the face of the rock while another was dug to connect them internally. Due to the rock’s stability, only a thin coat of insulating mortar was applied to the walls. The result? A ‘haptic’ spatial experience connecting the occupant and the ‘building’, almost entirely composed of pure Italian hillside.
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Images courtesy Jürgen Eheim and Günter Richard Wett Architekturfotografie