Back to Utopia: Mid-Century Retreat in the Alps Becomes Artist Colony

Edoardo Gellner designed vacation cabins for Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi’s corporate retreat in Borca di Cadore, Italy. The property is now an artist colony, Progettoborca. Photography by Cortiliphoto/Photofoyer.

Progettoborca’s founder lives in a villa with its original furnishings. Photography by Cortiliphoto/Photofoyer.

The sole restoration needed was the replacement of damaged larch floorboards throughout the villas, including this master bedroom, with identical ones. Photography by Cortiliphoto/Photofoyer.

Kitchen cabinets and appliances are original, as is the ceramic mosaic tile. Photography by Cortiliphoto/Photofoyer.

A wood-burning stove is typical of the Dolomites. Photography by Cortiliphoto/Photofoyer.

Ramps connect the four levels in the former recreation center, which now houses art studios. Photography by Cortiliphoto/Photofoyer.

There are 30 remaining villas with up to three bedrooms. Photography by Cortiliphoto/Photofoyer.

Sections of tinted plaster enliven the exterior of the rec center. Photography by Cortiliphoto/Photofoyer.

Original pendant fixtures loop across the auditorium, part of the rec center. Photography by Cortiliphoto/Photofoyer.

Groups of cabins are identified by color. Photography by Cortiliphoto/Photofoyer.

Carlo Scarpa designed the church, Nostra Signora del Cadore. Photography by Cortiliphoto/Photofoyer.

Cabins’ original six bunks, intended for children, have been reduced to two. Photography by Cortiliphoto/Photofoyer.

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