Guest House / Enrico Iascone Architetti

  • 31 Aug 2012
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Architects: Enrico Iascone Architetti
Location: , Italy
Design Team: Carlotta Menarini, Camilla Belletti, Alberto Vitali, Anna Grassigli, Silvia Labanti
Project Architect: Enrico Iascone
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Enrico Iascone Architetti

Project Area: 100 sqm
Structural Engineers: Luca Turrini

This family house is located in an extensive 1960s residential spillover area outside Sassuolo, Modena’s ceramic manufacturing heartland.

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Its stand amid other detached houses surrounded by small gardens on a plot once occupied by a detached house, now demolished.

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The high-end design used prefabbricated wooden elements for the aboveground storeys on a concrete undergruond level.

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The thermal insulation and umidity control afforded, went a long way to obtaining class A energy certification. Choosing joint-mounted prefabrcated wooden elements provided the advantagies of on-site safety and assembly occurancy, that cut overall worksite time considerably.

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The whole architecture is a play on opposite: a large apparently monolitic volume whose more secluded sides have different size glazed lights giving glimpses into deep interiors and providing views onto the outside.

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The ventilated wall is clad with extra-thin laminam ceramic slabs. Its gray-black shades lending materiality and elegance.

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The windows and door frames are in burnished bronze. The laminam ceramic sladdings cover both walls and roof, the latter also laid with photovoltaic film. The programme try to be an example of how tecnology and sustainability can be happily combined with quality architecture and lifestyle. On the north side, the house present a compact front with the ground level parking area.

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To the east , wooden floor terraces with glass parapets mediate the extend of daylight enetering the interior. Throughout light, natural, zenital and artificial is the definig factor of the interior spatial design. Led stripe lighting set above the windows creates a hiatus between indoors and outside, making the house glean like a diamond.

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  • shahd

    very nice contrast created by the monolithic bulky mass of the house broken by the different sizes of openings .

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