Ispace by Davide Macullo Architects

Rediscover people’s connection with nature

Project Specs


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Ispace is a project born out of an idea combining art and architecture in the creation of environments that stimulate people to perceive the influence of a space on their moods. It is a re-evaluation of the territory, allowing us to rediscover our bond with nature. Ispace is an invitation to discover the paths through the valley and reveals the richness of biodiversity and magic hidden corners of the forest.

▼装置外观,external view of the installation ©Corrado Griggi

项目计划在Rossa的当地树林里建造10个木制建筑和雕塑,第一个装置已于2020年十月完工。装置位于Calanca山谷Rossa村的树林中,由Davide Macullo建筑事务所设计,在RossArte基金会、Rossa市政局的协助下完成。瑞士Calanca山谷国家公园召集山谷中的居民、游客和研究机构,探讨如何加强乡村区域的建设,向共同的目标努力。这些建筑和雕塑将成为此项基础工作的一部分,为Rossa村和Calanca山谷带来新的特色,吸引人们来这里工作、生活、旅游。

The project consists of the construction of 10 timber architectures / sculptures in the local woods of Rossa. The installation of the first work was completed in October 2020. Set in the woods of the village of Rossa, in the Calanca Valley, the project, undertaken by Davide Macullo Architects with the support of the RossArte Foundation, the municipality of Rossa and the Swiss National Park Val Calanca has involved the inhabitants of the valley, visitors and institutions in working towards a common goal and contributes to the debate on the enhancement of rural areas. These architectures / sculptures form part of the wider work of the foundation, giving Rossa and Val Calanca an identity as a destination for work and life, as well as for tourism.

▼装置远景,位于树林之中,distanced view of the installation in the woods ©Corrado Griggi

▼装置形状独特,且与环境相融合,installation in unique forms merging into the environment ©Corrado Griggi

▼从装置看向村庄,view to the village from the installation ©Corrado Griggi

Davide Macullo事务所的工作集中在“建筑是连接场所DNA及其未来的纽带”这一认知上。在“人类寻觅空间(man seeking space)”系列画作中,作者设想人不断探索理想的空间和尺度,以获得舒适的感受。建筑师受到这个想法的启发,将其转译成了Ispace。

The work of Davide Macullo’s studio is centred on the awareness that architecture is the link between the DNA of a place and its future. The series of drawings ‘man seeking space’ imagine man’s constant search to find the ideal space and scale at which to feel at ease and it is this idea that informs the architecture and has been translated into Ispace.

▼“人类寻觅空间”部分画作,part of the works of “man seeking space”

人类有着超凡的能力,可以在紧闭双眼的情况下“感受”空间。通过感觉认知空间是事务所工作的核心,1980年代Macullo在卢加诺师从Luis Flotron教授时便开始了这种设想,后者将空间认知作为一生的主要研究课题。

Human beings have the extraordinary ability to “feel” space through their senses with their eyes closed. The perception of space through the senses is central to the work of the studio, which beginning in the 1980s during Macullo’s studies under professor Luis Flotron in Lugano, who made the perception of space his main focus during a lifetime of research.

▼装置使用基地上的树木建造,the installation is made of wood sourced from the site ©Corrado Griggi

▼从装置中感知空间,feel the space inside the installation ©Corrado Griggi


The intervention in the woods acts to counterbalance the current trend of exponential development of technologies that will alter the way humans build their habitat. The selection of native material; larch trees cut on site to deforest the areas on the slopes of the valley involved in the archaeological restoration of the ancient terraces, is the first sign of sensitivity to the environment and uses the material to the best of its evocative power. The purity of design thinking and the almost absence of particular construction techniques remind us of a work that does not need to declare a temporal condition to emphasize the centrality of the relationship between man and nature.

▼材料和结构细部,details of the material and structure ©Corrado Griggi

▼夜景,night view ©Corrado Griggi

▼模型,model ©Davide Macullo Architects

▼部分未来项目的模型,models of future projects ©Davide Macullo Architects

Project: Ispace
Location: Rossa, Grisons, Switzerland
Function:  Permanent timber installation
Construction: 17 October 2020
Footprint: 25 sqm
Material: Local larch timber
Architect: Davide Macullo
Design collaborators: Jung Kim, Lorenza Tallarini, Aileen Forbes-Munnelly
Partners: RossArte Foundation, Municipality of Rossa, Grisons, Parco Val Calanca, Swiss Nature Park
Timber engineering+construction: Frei Holzbau AG, Kriessern, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Photographer: Corrado Griggi

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