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Maison Bruil of Introd

Practice on:

Fruition of built heritage.

Practical details:
NUTS 2: ITC2 Valle d'Aosta/Vallée d'Aoste
Start date: 2003
Type of initiative:  private
Description of the practice:

Fruition of built heritage,public funds privately managed, network of sites.

Built heritage.

Maison Bruil is one of the best examples of rural architecture in the Gran Paradiso area.

It is a rural house where all functions were concentrated in the same space. In fact all the areas used for the survival of animals and people were gathered under the same roof.

Its present appearance is due to the structural changes that took place between 1680 and 1856. In this period several blocks were joined forming a single building.

The tour of Maison Bruil takes place throughout its three levels. These contain the various traditional areas, which have been restored reproducing their original functions: the “crotta”, the natural ice-house, the “crotteun”, the “peillo”, the food-drying areas and the attic are some of the areas that can be visited to deepen knowledge about traditional architecture.

The aim of the exhibition “Conserver le souvenir… se souvenir pour conserver” is to show traditional produce and the evolution throughout the centuries of food-preservation techniques.

The different areas of the house are a starting point to learn about traditional diet, with accounts in dialect and interactive reproductions.

In mountainous areas like Introd, the land lies untilled for months and can’t be farmed throughout the whole year. In these areas people have only been able to settle after having developed methods to feed between farming seasons, and after having refined food-preservation techniques and times based on physical and chemical principles: the cold, salting, dehydration, smoking, isolation from air and from light.

In Maison Bruil there is a space dedicated to local produce:the Atelier du Goût.
It is a showcase to discover the region and its produce through awareness and practical methods. By means of produce presentation and tastings, Fondation Grand Paradis highlights the techniques and cultural context in which wines and food produce have been created. The Atelier du Goût is a response to the growing interest in food-related subjects. This has happened thanks to the use of the senses as instruments of knowledge, a hands-on attitude to shapes, smells, flavours and direct contact with wine growers, cheese-makers and farmers. Maison Bruil also hosts some didactic workshops aimed at teaching students how people lived and conserved food in the past.

After vising Maison Bruil, visitor also have the possibility to experience a device named "Géoguide Grand Paradis" fot free. "Géoguide Grand Paradis" is a pilot project, produced within the European project Les Racines du Goût, that enables to discover Gran Paradiso’s territory and cultural heritage through personalisable georeferenced routes and state of the art technologies, such as augmented reality. The visitor can either follow the 5 proposed routes, or personalise them according to his or her interests. It is indeed possible to choose between a vast range of attractions that characterise the territory from a cultural, enogastronomical and naturalistic point of view.

The municipalities involved are Aymavilles, Villeneuve, Introd and Rhêmes-Saint-Georges but, thanks to augmented-reality software, the points of interest extend from Aosta hollow to Mont Blanc’s 4810m.

Maison Bruil belongs to the Gran Paradiso Mountain Community and it is managed by Fondation Grand Paradis. The visit to the museum is included in the through ticket proposed by the foundation; this ticket allows visitors to enter and visit the 10 sites run by the foundation ( Gran Paradiso National Park visitor centres of Cogne, Rhêmes-Notre-Dame and Valsavarenche, Paradisia Alpine Botanical Garden of Valnontey (Cogne), Maison Gérard-Dayné of Cogne,  Alpinart Exhibition Centre of Cogne, Maison Bruil of Introd,  Introd Castle,  Maison Musée Jean-Paul II  of  Les Combes (Introd)  and Châtel-Argent of  Villeneuve) for 8 euros and has one year validity. By the management of its network of sites (with public funds) the Foundation increases the turnover and enhances the activities of the satellite industries in the municipalities within the Gran Paradiso National Park jurisdiction.

Evidence of success
Visual impact and recreational value:

Exposition of past ways of conserving food, guided tours, didactic.

Cultural heritage:

Architecture, rural heritage, way of living and conserving food in the past.

Economic viability:

The economy of these sites has to be considered not from the business budget point of view, but from the satellite industries it generates.

The idea of the museum and the activities carried out (workshops, guided tastings) are transferable in other European regions.

Contact details:
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Completed on: 30.08.2011
Date added: 12.9.2011  Hits: 160
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