Alumni 2023

Sarah Bentivegna

Sarah Bentivegna is an Italian-American interior architect currently employed at Philipp Architekten in Zurich, Switzerland.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies and German Language from McGill University, along with a certification in Principles of Interior Design from Boston Architectural College. She completed the MAIA program at HEAD – Genève in 2023, earning a Master’s degree in Interior Architecture with the diploma project Inhabiting the Alps, showcasing her thoughtful approach to architectural heritage and sustainable development in rural areas. With a diverse professional background, Sarah has contributed to interior design and architecture projects in the United States, Switzerland, and Italy.

Diploma Project
Inhabiting the Alps: Revitalizing and Creating a Centralized Community Within the Semi-Abandoned Agricultural Hamlet of Bolle, Ticino

The project Inhabiting the Alps explores the mountainous landscapes of Switzerland adorned with historic wooden and stone structures. These barns, once vital to the country’s agricultural industry, now stand in disuse and disrepair. The hamlet of Bolle in Vallemaggia serves as a poignant example, once a thriving seasonal farming community, now witnessing the neglect of its infrastructure. The project Inhabiting The Alps objective is to revitalize this partially abandoned hamlet by establishing a centralized location with shared amenities such as a communal kitchen, bathhouse, recreation center, and more. This initiative aims to foster a strong sense of community and collaboration. To cultivate a more open and interactive atmosphere, the facades of the central buildings are deliberately opened up. Additionally, the building floors extend to the outdoors, blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces. Wooden platforms act as boardwalks, providing level ground for activities and ensuring accessibility in an otherwise hilly and steep terrain.



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Tutor:
Leonid Slonimsky / Assistant: Paule Perron

Project:
Inhabiting the Alps

Image Credits: © HEAD – Genève / Sarah Bentivegna, Guillaume Collignon