House over Cave / zerozero

House over Cave / zerozero

House over Cave / zerozero - Windows, DoorHouse over Cave / zerozero - Lighting, Bedroom, BedHouse over Cave / zerozero - Shelving, Windows, Chair, BeamHouse over Cave / zerozero - Sink, BathroomHouse over Cave / zerozero - More Images+ 17

Módica, Italy
  • Architects: zerozero
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  50
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Maddalena Migliore
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Duravit, VELUX Group, Ceramiche Caesar, Cesar Flooring, Floos
House over Cave / zerozero - Stairs, Handrail, Beam
© Maddalena Migliore

Text description provided by the architects. This project is about the reinvention of a historic stone building in Sicily, which has been transformed into a small but inventive family house with potential to expand in the future.

Section 02

The original building dates back to the 18th century. Entirely made out of stone, it appears at once to ‘grow’ out of the ground and be one with it, incorporating within its volume a pre-existing cave and other natural features. This was man literally sculpting and carving a home for himself and his family and protecting themselves with thick walls and small openings from the intense summer heat.

House over Cave / zerozero - Lighting, Bedroom, Bed
© Maddalena Migliore

The design of the new project stems instead from the idea of ‘growing within’. New surfaces and volumes delicately but assuredly colonize the historic building protected by its stone carapace and instil new life within it. The two remain distinct but at the same time rely on each other for their continued existence, in a quasi-symbiotic relationship.


The lower level, which contains a kitchen, bathroom, living area and the children’s bedroom, is a mixture of single height and double-height spaces, defined by fare-faced concrete walls and the existing stone walls.

House over Cave / zerozero - Sink, Bathroom
© Maddalena Migliore

The insertion of a new volume at the upper level - providing a master bedroom and dressing room – has been pulled away from the original walls to create the naturally lit double height spaces below. The hull-like shape of this volume has been conceived to facilitate natural ventilation via stack-effect and therefore eliminating the need for air-conditioning.

House over Cave / zerozero - Beam
© Maddalena Migliore

Throughout the building, niches, concealed storage areas, movable panels, and custom-made furniture contribute to making this 50sqm house a flexible and adaptable home certainly capable of punching above its weight.


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Cite: "House over Cave / zerozero" 24 Nov 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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