This house is located in an area dense with buildings, facing the shores of Lake Iseo. The project started from a desire to exploit the potential of a place that was widely neglected; a mechanical workshop that was in disuse for years. First it became necessary to raise the location to street level in order to facilitate the view toward the lake to the north and the olive grove to the east. At the same time it was necessary to create a separation to the south and west.
The new building is located close to a 1970s residential building, but is a clear break from this typology. The architectural composition is the result of the superposition of simple volumes; three regular parallelepipeds used for living spaces overlap with a fourth volume of reinforced concrete intended as a garage.
Each volume meets strict geometric relationships in plan and elevation. These relationships, although probably not noticeable at first glance, give rise to a particular harmony in the observer. Each volume is therefore placed at a different altitude and inside houses a specific intended use. There is therefore a clear correspondence between the view from the outside and the internal organization.
The entrance to the dwelling is located in correspondence to the vacuum generated by the deviation of the two volumes placed at the lowest altitude and is in line with the pedestrian access from the road. The external staircase leads to a portion of the living area, in a space on the long sides of two floor-to-ceiling bookcases. At the same level there is a large lounge which features a single open space in the living room, the dining room, and the kitchen. The large windows provide proper lighting and allow you to enjoy the many views of the surrounding environment. A long skylight positioned on the island of the kitchen allows for proper illumination of the work surface and dining table. To the north, the volume ends with a terrace marked by a border precisely the size of the view of the lake and architecturally allows you to incorporate the outdoor space in the main volume. From the terrace you have direct access to the private garden, overcoming the gap through a solid concrete independent building.
The upper level is located through the entrance area and along a flight of stairs, and houses the private spaces. The bedroom is distinguished by a large ribbon window that allows a view to the lake. In the bathrooms, light passes through a large skylight in the ceiling, and two openings in the facade let you see only the sky. The third volume, placed higher up, has two sides fully glazed, creating the impression of being outside. From here you can access a space used as a solarium on the roof.
From the constructive point of view, the residential spaces are made with prefabricated structures in a wooden frame, made at a plant and placed in the site in a few days. There is underfloor heating and controlled mechanical ventilation to ensure maximum comfort and high energy savings.
The level part of the road is home to the underground garage and other service spaces made entirely of reinforced concrete beams. Both inside and outside, the prefabricated structure stands out clearly from the socket through order and simplicity. Similarly, the use of white and dark gray for the colors of the facades clearly delineates individual rectangular shapes, splitting the building into simple volumes that are recognizable and give order to the intervention. Even the paving concrete and the fence made of galvanized perforated sheet metal manifest the will of simplicity and concreteness that characterizes the entire project.