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  7. AM House / Giampaolo Mazzon

Refurbishment in Architecture

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AM House / Giampaolo Mazzon

  • 01:00 - 18 February, 2014
AM House / Giampaolo Mazzon
AM House / Giampaolo Mazzon, © Francesco Castagna
© Francesco Castagna

© Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna + 23

  • Structural Engineer

    Andrea Rigato
  • Mechanical/Electrical/Hydraulic Engineer

    Stefano Melato
  • Contractor

    Ingegneria delle Costruzioni Srl
  • Mechanical Services

    Idroclima Roncato Snc
  • Electrical Services

    Argento Impianti Snc
  • Windows and woodwork

    Falegnameria Longato Snc
  • Titanium Zinc Cladding

    Rheinzink SpA CLT Lattonerie Snc
  • Steelwork

    Comet Bilibio Snc
  • Stonework

    FB Marmi Snc
  • Floor finishes

    Stefano Pravato
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© Francesco Castagna
© Francesco Castagna

Text description provided by the architects. HOUSE AM _ The project broadens an existing small house situated in a residential area developed in the '70s: isolated houses of various shape, disorderly, looking closely to each other, over the hedges of leftover gardens.

© Francesco Castagna
© Francesco Castagna

The house shows surprisingly the fortunate presence of a back garden, to a certain extent, extraordinarily intimate compared to the street side. Here the new volumes find their location, lying on the grass.

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The wood coating, the white plaster and the base walls in exposed concrete reproduce some of the formal elements typical of the houses of the 70s, which were referring to some own traits of the contemporary Alpine architecture, taking on, in those years, a popular diffusion also outside their sphere of belonging.

© Francesco Castagna
© Francesco Castagna

The reuse of these materials, deliberately inspired from some of the best-known experiences of the modern movement, has the aim to approach the existing house without creating new fragments and working on a principle of extension instead of a pure juxtaposition. In this way, what has been added cannot be separated from what was already there, and this explains its presence.

© Francesco Castagna
© Francesco Castagna

I imagined that the skin of the building could function as a device capable of providing clear information to the surrounding. The skin is supposed to be a kind of shield against the curiosity of neighbors.

© Francesco Castagna
© Francesco Castagna

According to this logic the façade shows an intermingling of rejecting materials and wide inclusive openings. The metal sheet of the roof that turns up on the façade interprets this defensive act; the terrace, which is thrown at its side, is there to mitigate that arrogance. This continuous game of alternations is the rule of the project.

Cite: "AM House / Giampaolo Mazzon" 18 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/599903/am-house-giampaolo-mazzon/> ISSN 0719-8884