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Rifugio La Marmotta – The Ultimate Burrow


Rifugio La Marmotta – The Ultimate Burrow

A panoramic lodge surrounded by nature comprising of bar, restaurant and suite where tradition and innovation form a coherent whole.


The Marmotta Lodge is set into the ViaLattea ski resort with a panoramic position between Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx and Sansicario at an altitude of 2420 m.a.s.l., surrounded by mountains and snowy landscapes.
The skiing area shows huge spaces, sunny snowy expanses, panoramic runs that connect ancient and traditional villages with modern towns that provide all comforts and entertainment.
The project was born from the intention to replace the concept of a traditional alpine shelter, built with thick stone walls and small windows, with a modern architectural building that could fully enjoy the breath-taking surrounding landscape and capture the sunlight through the broad glass windows.
The lodge has a reinforced concrete basement structure, while the upper floors are made with cross laminated timber (XLAM) panels.
The material selection blends both the tradition and the innovation with local stone and wood, which are used together with wide glass surfaces, contemporary furniture and lighting.
Floors made with Luserna stone and larch wood charmingly match with modern tapestry and technological lights. Design chairs, large sofas and comfortable armchairs in velvet, fine fabrics and leather talk together with handcrafted wood furniture and iron accessories.
The technological elements and systems are conceived with the Passivhaus philosophy, made with excellent thermal insulation of the building envelope, heat recovery ventilation (HRV) and triple low-E insulated windows.
A bar on the ground floor and a restaurant on the first floor offer a variety of local dishes, selected wines and cocktails, comfortably surrounded by a mix of modern and traditional elements. On the upper level, a luxury suite has been set with glazing on two sides to offer an amazing view on the sky and mountains.
Overall, our attempt was to highlight the stunning natural landscape and focus on the mountain views, while paying homage to local materials, tradition and culture.

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Credits by Massimiliano Sticca (Triplesense Reply)

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  • AB2ER architecture

    Since 1995, AB2ER architecture works with two offices in Turin and Sauze d’Oulx (TO), mainly oriented towards alpine architecture. The firm deals with residential building, hotel and restaurants, mainly for private clients and ranges from master plan, outline proposals and architectural design to detailed proposal, interior design and supervision of work. AB2ER excelles in creating original and tailor-made living enviroments. The team is composed of two architects and one engineer: Elena RAVA - Architect She was born in Turin on 17 June 1962 and graduated with honors from the Polytechnic of Turin in 1988. Alessandro BACCON – Engineer He was born in Salbertrand (TO) on 04 March 1962 and graduated with honors from the Polytechnic of Turin in 1987. Alvaro BACCON – Architect He was born in San Andres Isla (Colombia) on 24 June 1959 and graduated from the University of Genova in 1988.

  • Elena Rava
  • Alessandro Baccon
  • Alvaro Baccon

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