house in urgnano reframes the horizon with concrete
house in urgnano reframes the horizon with concrete  house in urgnano reframes the horizon with concrete
jun 10, 2013
house in urgnano reframes the horizon with concrete


mateo casari architetti: house in urgnano 

image © andrea martiradonna

 

 

in the south lombardian region of urgnano, a private home by local firm matteo casari architetti is approached as a stark diaphragm upon the mountainous landscape of northern italy. while the residential region is expanding, the home subverts the relationship of architecture and horizon line with a floating band of concrete raised a meter and a half above grade. circulation is clearly directed toward the hall-shaped entrance, itself a continuation of the tucked-under glazing that wraps around the dwelling. the home seeks to create a typology of interiors characterized by layers and the the negation of expansive exterior views. a network of pools bolsters a pointed focus on the ground plane by varying the solidity of the architectural surfaces. moreover, the exposed concrete dynamically moves light over its cast-pocked skin, due, in part to the use of anthracite as a fine aggregate. the effect is a particular luster that beckons light of the interiors.

 

 

 

the home’s central gesture is a band of concrete and glazing that allows inhabitants visual refuge

imaeg © andrea martiradonna

 

 

perfectly cast concrete is in dialogue with the light-reflecting water and reflective glazing

image © andrea martiradonna

 

 

the home creates a typology of layered spaces that visually obliterate the landscape and create new, tectonic spaces

imaeg © andrea martiradonna

 

 

(left): interiors are an interplay of recess and void
(right): lighting articulates the stark facets

image © andrea martiradonna

 

 

the warm yellow glow of the interiors enhances the anthracite mix concrete

image © andrea martiradonna

 

 

night view

image © andrea martiradonna

 

 

project info:

 

 

studio: matteo casari architetti
city: urgnano (bg)
designers: arch. matteo casari and arch. valentina giovanzani
collaborators: silvia previtali, raffaele rota
structural design: chiappa ingegneri associati
client / owner: private
intervention type: new construction
intervention use: residential
work size: 350 square meters
cost: 550.000,00 €
cost / sqm : 1,570 € / sqm
contracting companies: nuovo modulo s.p.a. – elettroimpianti med – s.a.vi.m. -

 

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