Architect Stephan Unger designed the Villa San Valentino in Merano-Alto Adige, Italy. The idea of the architecture was to create a monolithic house with common spaces, under whose roof two independent habitation units are unified.
The form answers to the characteristics of local mountains and its three-dimensional facade to the path oft he sun. The windows and the shadings are positioned such way, that the energy balance is optimized and the panorama is introduced in picture frames.
The result is a modern house with a traditional dressing : The larch-wood shingle façade is representing the traditional craft of the Alps-region Upper Adige. Photography by Gunther Stckklauser.