Refugi Lieptgas - Flims - Switzerland

The refugi Lieptgas stands where in the past a wooden structure served as a shelter to the farming people.
In front of the hut a small path leads into the forest of Flims, next to it the sculpture of a hollowed dead woodpecker tree. Opposite there is a stable, together they are forming a kind of a gate into the forest.
Both buildings - cabin and stable - were abandoned, about to decline. The formerly inhabited part of the ensemble could have been converted and replaced by a new construction.
The character of the place had to be preserved.
The new hut now stands as a petrification of the abandoned structure in exactly the same place. The timber log construction of the old cabin was used as the formwork, the walls were cast massively in insulating concrete. The surface is rough, nature will soon reconquer the artefact.

[project selected by Lorenzo Autieri]





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