Picture House / Barilari Architteti

© Fabio Barilari

Architects: Barilari Architteti / Fabio and Alessio Barilari
Location: Ripatransone,
Project: Arch. Fabio Barilari
Project area: 170 sqm
Project year: 2005 – 2009
Photographs: Fabio Barilari

© Fabio Barilari

A dialog of looks: the house looks out on the landscape, the countryside – beautiful – fills the inside.

On the outside, the house camouflages, speaks the language of the surrounding world, made of rural tradition and natural colours.

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The inside becomes abstract. The outside tradition filters inside just like paintings on the walls. Every function point has a painting to observe.

The staircase offers an internal articulate movement which is an invitation to discovery and experimenting. It is an extension of the living room, a place to sit, to climb, to expose.

© Fabio Barilari

The staircase has small and big steps, it has sittings and ramps. A chaise long for two, to admire the surrounding beauty.  The windows attract the landscape; they frame it and project it in the inside.

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The staircase carries on the outside terrace, creating a sense of continuity between inside and outside, between ground floor, mezzanine and first floor; the same material is used for stairs, sitting, terrace and internal floor.

“PICTURE HOUSE”, like the old English cinemas: moving images, landscapes and changing colours enter from the outside world during the different seasons.

Cite: "Picture House / Barilari Architteti" 13 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=95153>
  • evandael

    totally appreciate the design development process. it reminds me of a studio project.. nice to see those methods work in the real world!

    the traditional house form punctured by these abstracted windows (which, with their deep inset and black mullions totally fit with the mediterranean vernacular) is fantastic. not pretty, but certainly eye catching. and the views!

    the interior, too. the vertical circulation as gathering place and the wood flooring being carried continously throughout the house.. excellent touches

  • Adam

    This stair is very poorly conceived, and poorly detailed for an element that commands so much attention and takes up so much space. I almost can’t believe that the bottom tread of the top run of stairs is to be utilized as a a kind of landing to be traversed longitudinally. Is it really necessary to have a secondary stair leading to the mezzanine that can be reached via the bridge connecting it to the bedroom block? I’m also not convinced that anyone would want to snuggle up on the bent plywood seating area that cuts through the stair treads and look out the font door. It is almost criminal how much space in this house is given up to circulation while marginalizing to the extreme actual living spaces.
    The building envelope is kinda novel but some of this effort should have been given to planning.

  • http://uptodayarch.blogspot.com up_today_arch

    The composition of windows is attractive…. regarding to planning… it’s they-own house… when they want set down there, they can set down…

  • jdcarling

    I love the exterior….

    Interior stair is very odd for me, but it could be the pictures…

    How does the roof drain? The photos seem to show a 1-2″ parapet at the roof’s low edge

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