The local stone, Castellavazzo, has been used for the ground floor and for the stairway. Larch has been used for the multi-purpose room on the first floor level.
As part of the process of bringing the building back into use a number of partition walls and ceilings have been removed, an external volume has been added which houses a staircase which has views of the countryside through narrow windows. This new volume is on the eastern side of the building, facing into the valley and parallel to the main road that runs along the opposite side of the valley.
Horizontal sections of pre-oxidised copper feature as the cladding material for the new volume, allowing an integration with the colours of the surrounding landscape. The choice of copper centred on the aesthetics (a natural material that will weather over time) and the economics (100+ years life). The architects material choices reflect consideration of the building's life cycle, energy and resource consumption, maintenance costs and environmental impacts.
Long, narrow windows, treated as pictorial elements, are an aid to those who take the main road during the hours of darkness. They form ‘lamps’ that help to define the location of the building and, through their chromatic changing reveal what is happening inside the building. The project was designed along very simple, uncluttered lines. The resulting building encompasses history, country life and present community.