Bird at Tobbiere del Sebino Nature Reseve, Italy
Wildlife Pavilions – A New Perspective on Tobiere del Sebino Nature Reserve
Lake Iseo, Italy
Open International Architecture Competition, Terraviva Competition
Located in the North of Italy between the provinces of Brescia and Bergamo, Lake Iseo – also known as “Sebino” – is the seventh lake by extension in the country and the fourth in Lombardy region. With its stunning landscape, particularly rich in naturalistic and historical heritage, this territory represents one of the most beautiful areas in Italy, as well as one of the most popular among visitors and tourists. Today, numerous footprints left by the retreat of the ancient glacier responsible for the formation of this special environment are still clearly visible. One of the most significant, located on the southern coast. The encounter between this area and the lake’s shore gives life to an extraordinary ecosystem of unique environmental value: the “Torbiere del Sebino” Nature Reserve. The project proposes a paradigm shift: an architecture conceived to coexist in harmony with the landscape, mainly thought for nature itself
instead of for human beings. The goal of the competition has been to think out of the box and to imagine inhabited structures designed for flora and fauna: micro-architectures where man meets wildlife just as a passing guest, as a respectful visitor or simply as an observer. With the aim of challenging anthropocentric architecture and with the idea of experimenting a new creative process focused on nature, the contest has required the design of three small-scale pavilions immersed in the breath-taking landscape of the “Torbiere del Sebino” Nature Reserve. As requested, the pavilions will provide shelter to nature itself and as a secondary function, allow visitors to observe wildlife in respect of the ecosystem.