Peter Pichler Architects, a young team based in Bolzano, Italy, have worked with well known names such as Zaha Hadid and OMA, and now, their studio’s first building will be realized in a few months. The client, the German photographer Cellina von Mannstein, will now reside in the northern part of Italy, surrounded by the Alps. With the intention to keep the two dominate trees on the site and to capture one of the them within the volume of the building, a “green atrium” was created between the built volumes that cuts the building in two parts.
More images and more about the residence after the break.
Clad in black aluminum panels to resemble an old and edgy camera, the residence is comprised of a main housing element and, of course, a photo studio. The housing areas are distributed on two levels which are slightly shifted to create a canopied entrance on the northern part of the first level and a balcony on the south side of the second level. An open floor plan on the first level bleeds into a south oriented terrace with pool. The entire floor is framed by a platform and is lifted from the ground to provide better views.
The tree in the atrium is visible and accessible by large sliding glass windows.
The photo studio, which rests on the west side, is characterised by a great glass facade that filters light. The facade can alternatively be transformed into a vast projection wall (provided by an integrated projection surface) to be used as a “drive-in-theatre” for presentations.