"Appropriate" Bistro Bergsteiger in Sesto, Italy

Located in the midst of the Unesco Natural Heritage area of the Dolomites of Sesto (Italy), in a position used as a tourist hotspot, Bistro Bergsteiger fits properly and carefully into its natural and built context.

The edge of an embarkment, located along a well-known hiking trail, is used to insert the new volume and to integrate it into the surrounding topography. 
The view from the entrance to the valley, on a mountain landscape that closes the area to the south, is not reduced by the insertion of the new volume, just as it does not visually interfere with the existing protected building. 

The main room is composed of different areas: the counter, the circulation space, and the two dining areas, defined in order to enhance the sense of intimacy and tranquility, and to allow a wide view thanks to the difference of height between the floors.

The glass façade that separates the interior space from the exterior terrace can be opened: in good weather, the outdoor space can be extended inwards.

In terms of materiality, the building is inspired by the nearby listed structure: spray plaster inside and outside, and a larch wood cladding designed as a contemporary reinterpretation of the old decorative motif. Exposed screed and plaster prepared with local stone and sand, the use of Dolomite stone, and local larch wood for the furnishings enhance the relation of the new building with its context. Nomen est omen: the owners of the bistro are the descendants of mountaineering pioneers, Michl and Sepp Innerkofler, and the documentation of their first ascent is part of the interior design.

Dialogue with the context and moderation in the intervention define a project that is fully defined in its "appropriateness".

Photo credit: Florian Jaenicke