CONTEMPORARY FORMS AND MATERIALS FOR A REDEVELOPMNET RESPECTFUL OF THE MONASTIC LIFE
Regeneration of the Monte Maria Benedictine Abbey
Werner Tscholl’s interventions on the Monte Maria abbey in Burgusio are distributed over a longtime frame, starting in the early ‘2000s and expected to end in 2023. Between 2019 and 2021, Tscholl designed the restoration of the ancient sawmill, located on the west slope beyond the service wing and currently used as a cafeteria. The intervention kept part of the wood structure on the second floor, in addition to the geometric configuration of the roof; instead, it substituted the severely decayed vertical envelope in dark-colored planks with wide glazed openings, overlooking the abbey complex on one side and the mountain on the other side. Wood is also a key element in the youth home, realized in the same period and located in the attic of the former mill at the end of the service wing. An internal skin of untreated wood panels was applied indistinctly on floors, walls and ceilings; however, several joint solutions allow continuity with the masonry and integration with the glazed walkways and the original and massive timber columns.