They turned an Alpine garage into dream cottage

All it takes is a little creativity and some know how to convert an old garage into a cottage like this.

Now it is the envy of the town.

The old man raises wild herbs and tends a garden. The garage sat unused and it was just for a vehicle but was in a perfect location, overlooking the huge mountain range.

What started as light conversation because a major undertaking, that of converting the garage into a cottage

from Kirsten Dirksen

When architects Gianmatteo Romegialli and Erika Gaggia saw their friend Carlo “Dino” Marchetti’s garage with the gorgeous views of the Italian Alps, “almost as a joke” they suggested converting it into something “fun”. Given Dino’s passion for gardening, they decided to let nature in on the renovation. By creating just a steel frame around the building, they enabled local plants and vines to wrap the home in a second skin of vegetation.

Inside they left most of the cement masonry and added raw, industrial materials like galvanized steel to create a kitchen and window frames. Adding just a hole in one wall- between the old garage and former storage room- they expanded the space into a second room for relaxing, entertaining and planning and potting the garden.

Perched high above the province of Sondrio in the Raethian Alps, “Green Box” is shaped like a conventional home, but it’s the plants that give it the gable-roofed shape. The architects (of Act_Romegialli) used simple glazed panels and simple joinery to create a structure with the feel of a lived-in greenhouse. Like any living structure, the home changes with the seasons to match the nature that surrounds it.

Video: the cottage…


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