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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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