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Villa Altissimo, Turín, Italia
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Project Team

Arch. Fernando Hitzig
Arch. Leonardo Militello

Associate coordinator:
Arch. Florencia Baserga
Arch. Magdalena Salinas

Arch. Vanik Margossian




New construction: 283m2
Outdoor area: 386 m2
Renovation Area: 1490 m2


Arch. Vanik Margossian
Arch. Magdalena Salinas



Concept Design

HMA Arquitectos


The proposal has an integrated circuit, meaning an element that sews the entire program of uses of the Villa Altissima. A circulation of irregular geometric configuration that contrasts intentionally with the living organism defined by the hanging wire mesh. This piece shares, along with the nature trails, the responsibility of sewing the whole of the project’s circuits. Its erratic configuration responds to experiencing interstitial spaces, ( serendipitous exchanges ) some are spaces in themselves and other circulations where the artistic and exhibition experience is integrative.

This circulation is turned into theatre, generates exhibition spaces and connects the visitor to the workshop and atelier areas, concluding in the performatics square (-6.00), as well as in the restaurant (level +/- 0.00). In this way the visitor can stay in the Palazzo, and experience the theatre, art gallery, atelier visits, workshops and restaurant all under one footpath. The route does not have a beginning or an end, it has the versatility of being able to enter from any point. There is one piece in particular that functions as a return point, creating a loop within the art gallery: the long ramp that runs along the façade between the old façade and the new ETFE skin that covers this circulation. Three spaces complement the program, these are: the terrace viewpoint, the “forest eye lookout” and the performatics square, all of them are an integral part of the circuit.  These three spaces combine environmental awareness and artistic exploration as a vehicle for self-knowledge.

The available square meters are used for guest room programs, artists’ rooms, restaurant, ateliers, workshops. The strategy in the original buildings is fundamentally to preserve the Pallazzo and the Cottage and to work through volumes that operate slightly on the old building, suggesting a respect for the conservation of the original building. This sober resolution integrates a contemporary proposal and with it an awareness of the flow of time translated into calm and contemplation.

These volumes propose a sub-programme within the programmes and are made up of two skins, the exterior through the thermoformed PES fibres with open joints and the interior in both acrylic or timber deking depending on the use.

The art cabins, are semi-covered structures conformed by the same constructive logic as the wire mesh, which are integrated through natural paths in the different levels of the whole Villa. These spaces have the same logic, but a different materialization, of an organism whose native vegetation and geometry, interpellates the visitor inviting him to be aware of the finiteness of human existence and the importance of understanding that art is a foundational tool for the human being.