The MVI serves as a field experiment for whole systems design of buildings and their integration into their natural and socio-cultural surroundings, as a non-profit center for research, education and entrepreneurship in sustainability innovations, as a data collection hub being part of an international mountain observatory network, and as a meeting hub for living a new "Alpine Urbanism".

 

Through the international origin and embedding of the MVI, we are creating educational benefits and economic opportunities in the local community, the Valle di Po and the Piedmont region. We offer courses for international university students and groups, while providing exposure and international collaboration opportunities for regional enterprises. 

 

The abandoned Serre de Lamboi compound in Ostana is being re-designed for flexible use for people who are more productive and creative when they have access to outdoor adventures and wild nature with long open views in the surrounding, to clear your head, activate 'kinetic thinking', or get creative inspiration while engaging in various types of mental work. .

 

COMPRISING THE TRANSFORMED COMPOUND

A FLEXIBLE ARRAY OF BUILDINGS AND LANDSCAPE FEATURES

Cabin "Il Doppio"

Two apartments in one building, to live and to rent. 

Piccolo

Multifunctional upper floor with a guest welcome and information center, changeable to a small guest apartment; campus bathroom and toilet on the lower floor. 

Fab Lab

Workshop and fabrication lab on the ground floor, atelier and art space on the first floor. 

Tribal Hub

Taverna with open cooking facilities and dining places for 20 people on the ground floor; flexible group seminar and presentation room(s) on the first floor.

Basecamp

Group accommodation with twin guest rooms and bunk beds, sleeping in total 20 people, and bathrooms.

Observatory

A mountain data collection hub with flexible seminar rooms and personal office space. Modular " Innovation Nest" floor to place, test and exchange innovative building technologies.

Recharger

Wellness building with sauna, hot tub, fire stove, natural swimming pond, Yoga and exercise facility.

Camp site

Tree-hidden grass platforms for tents with breathtaking Monte Viso views and a simple shelter for cooking.

Landscape Features

Various landscaping features such as a greenhouse, earth cellars, garden areas, platforms, stone walls, paths and waterways.

BUILDINGS WITH A NET-POSITIVE FOOTPRINT

THAT CAN BE RECYCLED AT THE END OF THEIR FIRST LIFE