The new Agriturismo La Barberina is generated from the renovation of two contiguous buildings, dating back to the 18th Century and built around a small agricultural court, located in the historic center of Calceranica al Lago in Trentino. Built as outbuildings for agricultural purposes, they have been used throughout time as stables, warehouses, barns and storages for sericulture. The implemented intervention aimed to preserving the original character of the buildings, where it was possible to preserve the original façade compositions and materials, whereas, if necessary, it introduced changes that would allow an exhaustive response to the new functional needs. Since none of the two buildings had internal connections between the various levels, which were unrelated between each other, a new horizontal and vertical distribution system was introduced in order to connect the two buildings. The new access sequence starts outside with a first wooden staircase leading from the courtyard to a mezzanine floor, then continuing inside with a system of 3 stairs which unfold around a central spine wall allowing you to reach the rooms arranged on various levels. The interior slabs of the attic floor have been demolished and rebuilt at a different altitude, while the wooden structure of the roofs has been preserved and left visible. The irregular holes in the exposed stone walls have been partially blocked and the original larch wood paneling has been reinterpreted as a brise-soleil system for large windows. Finally, the dining room has been located into a vaulted room on the ground floor, naturally illuminated by the large window that replaces what was once the door of the stable. The overall intervention is conceived to combine critical conservation, local typologies and new functional needs, with the introduction of a small number of new elements and a particular attention to detail
solutions and use of materials.