Alpine architecture has always been marked by the particular weather conditions and the materials available in the mountains: stone and wood were used to construct buildings that could withstand heavy snowfall, sudden changes of weather and continuous blast of wind. In Ostana, this cultural heritage has been well preserved and brought into alignment with the needs of people today.
In the last twenty years, a strong will of the public administration has turned the village into a small workshop of alpine architecture. This was possible thanks to the population that has understood and followed the suggestions for a no-folkloric restoration and above all thanks to the architect Renato Maurino who has conceived this open air laboratory. Walking down the village and its hamlets, the results of this restoration and construction works of new public and private areas and buildings are visible and clear: the tradition is compared with the contemporaneity. And this dialogue is becoming a concrete reality in architectural solutions which continue the brilliant spontaneity of the ancient masters of wall.
Following this bright inspiration, the public administration is pursuing some projects in collaboration with the Department of Polytechnic of Turin to realize a rock-climbing wall and a wellness centre in La Villo. The latter will include a small swimming pool, a gymnasium, an indoor rock-climbing wall and will be energetically self-sufficient. A rural hotel and restaurant has been built at the entrance of the hamlet following the traditional architectural style and reusing local stone for the external facing.
For all these reasons, Ostana has been awarded recognition as one of "The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy" ("I Borghi più belli d'Italia").