LA CASA IN COLLINA
RENEWAL OF A FARMHOUSE UPON THE HILLS
[…] “È bello girare la collina insieme al cane: mentre si cammina, lui fiuta e riconosce per noi le radici, le tane, le forre, le vite nascoste, e moltiplica in noi il piacere delle scoperte.” […]
The existing construction was a brick-noble house on two levels with an attic space. Due to its historical value, the municipality put some restrictions on the intervention, including the integral preservation of the elevations. It was not allowed to change the geometry, dimension, and position of windows and doors. Structurally, the house was in a bad situation: earthquakes damaged floors and vertical connections over the years, and the bearing sections displayed multiple cracks.
We designed a reinforced concrete box (as a structural core) where we put the vertical connection (two concrete stairs finished in wood). On the concrete walls, we set the new wood structural skeleton of the house. This strategy allowed us to design the architectural composition of the farmhouse.
The request was two apartments, with different sizes (small and big), distributed over three levels with independent entrances.
The smaller ones should have a characteristic of a holiday home. We figured out a functional open space on the ground floor and two rooms, one on the first level with an en-suite bathroom and the other at the rooftop level with its bathroom.
The biggest should host a large family with three children.
The ground floor is an open space with a fireplace. The setting revolves around a wood library, where we hide services and a staircase. Thanks to a glass framed door, there is the possibility to isolate the kitchen area from the open space.
The first level is for the nighttime. We set all the bedrooms on this floor, designing tailor-made furniture for any room. In the attic, we found a space for a playroom.
The concept for the interior took into consideration an intersection between natural materials and artificial worlds (resin for vertical finishing and high-tech solutions for lighting and mechanical systems). Our strive was to imagine a new domestic landscape built around nature and its rhythm.
From the outdoor spaces, you can taste a splendid view of the vineyards and the rolling hills of le Marche, so we designed a traditional courtyard with an iron “pergola” without disturbing the existing design of the garden.
LOCATION: ANCONA (AN), IT