La Casa sulla Valle/

Dario Castellino Architectto

Italy

Project Details

Location(City/Country):

Vinadio, Valle Stura / Italy

Typology:

Residential

Year (Design/Construction):

- / 2020

Area (Net/Gross):

- / 350 m2

Operational Carbon emissions (B6) kgCO2e/m2/y:

-

Embodied Carbon emissions (A1-A3) kgCO2e/m2:

-
  • Through an intervention that keeps the existing volumes unchanged, the project respects the pre-existence and the architectural/environmental values ​​of the context, while also reducing its embodied energy consumption and waste generation.
  • The use of wood on the new contemporary boxes reduces the environmental impact and carbon emissions of the building.
  • The house takes advantage of natural light and ventilation through its large windows.

Project description as provided by the Architects:

Respecting the pre-existence and the architectural and environmental values ​​of the context, the project materializes in the integral remodeling of the rural agricultural complex, through an intervention that keeps the existing volumes unchanged, eliminating superfetations and recovering the building for residential purposes.

A very prominent position on a cliff and a spectacular view of the lower and upper valley creates a strong connection with the landscape that is materialized in large glass openings and a south-facing balcony.

The stone volumes were maintained and consolidated and inside them were inserted new contemporary boxes composed of a wooden support structure, insulated in sheep and larch boards; the new decks were also made with wooden beams and planks.

The external facades are not modified, but simply consolidated with mortar additions based on natural hydraulic lime.

The existing openings were maintained, with the exception of the northwest facade to create a large cantilevered glass wall in the valley’s void. The need to create new bathrooms was resolved with the construction of a new wooden volume on the north face.

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