FutureFest by Nesta

London, UK
6 July 2018

Knowledge Design Week 2018

Hong Kong, Hong Kong
13 June 2018



Bersone, Italy


How to reuse existing architectural heritage to create a new hi-tech space for recreation and work in a sustainable environment?

The ‘Baite’ project, developed with the Provincia Autonoma di Trento, aims to conceive and implement a new product for sustainable tourism. The challenge is to reuse existing architectural heritage – abandoned farmhouses, huts and barns – to create an environment promoting active relaxation, the choice of privacy and ability to work, with a powerful internet connection linking this piece of nature with the outside world. Thanks to new digital technologies, the same areas used for recreation can be adapted as space for meetings or videoconferences.

The real heart of the project is the new roof system integrating solar thermal and photovoltaic translucent surfaces with high efficiency insulation allowing the use of natural light. The new roof respects the proportions and geometry of the traditional roof and fits harmoniously into the landscape through the use of external warping wooden slats, that in every way, give the impression of a solid surface concealing the underlying layer of insulation accomplished by the innovative material Aerogel.

  • A project by carlorattiassociati | walter nicolino & carlo ratti
    Team: Carlo Ratti, Giovanni de Niederhausern, Alberto Bottero, Andrea Cassi, Pietro Leoni, Walter Nicolino.