Bolzano-based architect Roland Baldi has completed a ski lift center in Monte Ivigna, a granite mountain near Merano, Italy. Autonomous in presence, the design consists of two terminals – one in the valley and one at the summit – that maintain a common architectural language through palette and form.
Made transparent through materiality and color, the layout and scheme of the station are intuitively read by its users. The project’s primary function – ski lift – is made prominent by wrapping the programs pertaining to the service, such as arrival/departure area, control room and landing, in a bright red cladding. The terminal’s other functions (panoramic cafe, lounge, waiting area, entry, etc.) are arranged throughout the rest of the three-storey station. The graphic slope of the roofline communicate a directional connection between the two terminals.