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Stoned / ELASTICOSPA+3

  • 00:00 - 15 January, 2019
Stoned / ELASTICOSPA+3
Stoned / ELASTICOSPA+3, © Elisabetta Crovato
© Elisabetta Crovato

© Elisabetta Crovato © Mattia Balsamini © Mattia Balsamini © Mattia Balsamini + 19

  • Other participants

    Valeria Brero, Corrado Curti, Daniele Almondo, Marco Burigana, Andrea Rosada, Serena Nano
  • Structural engineering

    Antonio Colonnello
  • Plant consultant

    Proj-system
  • Construction

    Bedin e Arrigò
  • Site area

    2216.0 m2
  • Houses

    420.0 m2 (300.0 + 120.0)
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© Mattia Balsamini
© Mattia Balsamini

Text description provided by the architects. Redevelopment of an area in the historical centre of San Quirino. Several sort of interventions, from recovery to demolition and reconstruction, investigated the role of materials in the renovation of the historic urban core of small Italian towns. The reinterpretation of the use of traditional stone walls had to deal with their fragility, in a region considered an highly risky seismic area.

© Elisabetta Crovato
© Elisabetta Crovato

The main building of the complex (house 1) has been restructured to create a single family residence, preserving some features of architectural significance: stone walls, an arched portico and a main façade in which the rugged nature of the materials was combined with an harmonious distribution of openings.

© Elisabetta Crovato
© Elisabetta Crovato

The other building (house 2) is the result of the demolition and reconstruction of a barn, whose structure was in critical conditions, and the transformation into a coach-house.

© Mattia Balsamini
© Mattia Balsamini

The overall project re-invented with a dose of irony the elements of construction, playing with the building tradition, with the role of materials and with the once established hierarchies.

© Mattia Balsamini
© Mattia Balsamini

In the house 1, the original structure was treated as a shell within which creating a new living organism, built up by sliding together box-shaped volumes at different levels to create complex spaces. These boxes of bare reinforced concrete emerge in different ways from the exterior of the building: somewhere they protrude through the original walls, elsewhere they end flush with the stone wall, or occupy part of the portico.

© Mattia Balsamini
© Mattia Balsamini

Reconstruction of the house 2 had to follow the rules of the building code, which imposes for all intervention in the historic centers the use of stone in the traditional shapes and formats to prevent the loss of identity of the small rural centers. While the shape of the house is defined by reinforced concrete slabs, traditional stone in reinterpreted in a “cosmetic” use, in this way subverting the hierarchy of the main building.

© Elisabetta Crovato
© Elisabetta Crovato

Both the houses have a concrete structure, (the first as a reinforcement of the old stone walls), which respond to the requirements of an highly risky seismic area.

© Mattia Balsamini
© Mattia Balsamini
Ground floor plan
Ground floor plan

The buildings are characterized by a highly insulating envelope and low energy consumption systems (heat pumps). The insulating layer is placed on the inner face, finished with drywall or wood panels, that alternate with the colder appearance of the concrete and stone walls.

© Elisabetta Crovato
© Elisabetta Crovato

Light is a fundamental element of these architectures: in the main  building the balance between large openings, small original windows and a skylight above the entrance, enhance the perception of interior spaces and double heights.

Main sections
Main sections

In the coach-house, the large openings facing south and west are shielded from the sun by “curtain stones”, which create special lighting effects when the sun goes down.

© Elisabetta Crovato
© Elisabetta Crovato

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Cite: "Stoned / ELASTICOSPA+3" 15 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/909281/stoned-elasticospa-plus-3/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Elisabetta Crovato

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