ciclostile architettura reconstructs an old farmer's house in rural bologna

ciclostile architettura reconstructs an old farmer's house in rural bologna

amid the rolling landscape of italy‘s bolognese hills stands a restoration project that looks like it’s been there for centuries. realized by ciclostile architettura, the work involved a barn renovation and the demolition and reconstruction of an old farmer’s house. careful not to impose on the picture-perfect location, the architects have instead created a delicate and respectful design response, one which finds its roots in this mountainous site. 

ciclostile architettura renovates an old farmhouse in bologna, italy designboom

images by fabio mantovani

 

 

called ‘ca ‘inua’, the name of the project sets the tone for ciclostile‘s architectural intention. ‘kainua is the ancient etruscan city that stood near the current town of marzabotto. ca ‘ is a reference to the toponyms typical of mountain farmhouses. inua is an inuit word that means the essence of all things, it is a spiritual concept that unites all beings and which is the principle of harmony between the living,’  says ciclostile architettura.

ciclostile architettura renovates an old farmhouse in bologna, italy designboom

 

 

commissioned by artistic collective, panem et circenses, the existing building was knocked down and rebuilt to provide a dwelling and research space. stones were reused from the demolished structure to make the first floor of the new house. this gives the contemporary intervention a direct link to its predecessor, and the barn beside it, while helping to embed the architecture into the landscape. the second floor of the house is clad in burnt wood, which is a technique found locally as well as all over the world. ciclostile specified this material as a ‘common, inclusive and welcoming language.’

ciclostile architettura renovates an old farmhouse in bologna, italy designboom

 

 

inside, the two-story volume is organized to have the kitchen and living area on the first floor and the bedrooms on the upper level. the functions are distributed with due consideration to solar gain. service rooms are positioned to face the north while the living space and bedrooms enjoy large openings to the south. the deep overhang of the second floor prevents overheating in hot summer months yet doesn’t obscure natural light and a splendid view of the valley below. 

ciclostile architettura renovates an old farmhouse in bologna, italy designboom

 

 

natural timber dominates the interiors, which works well to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. offset by a concrete first floor and hints of black, the pared-back material palette intends to recall the ‘essentiality and austerity of the place,’  says ciclostile architettura. 

ciclostile architettura renovates an old farmhouse in bologna, italy designboom

 

 

the barn beside the house has been structurally renovated, and it now holds the basic plant equipment. it’s currently used as agricultural storage but it will eventually be a place to welcome visitors. 

ciclostile architettura renovates an old farmhouse in bologna, italy designboom

ciclostile architettura renovates an old farmhouse in bologna, italy designboom

ciclostile architettura renovates an old farmhouse in bologna, italy designboom

ciclostile architettura renovates an old farmhouse in bologna, italy designboom

ciclostile architettura renovates an old farmhouse in bologna, italy designboom

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ciclostile architettura renovates an old farmhouse in bologna, italy designboom

ciclostile architettura renovates an old farmhouse in bologna, italy designboom

ciclostile architettura renovates an old farmhouse in bologna, italy designboom

 

 

project info:

 

project name: ca ‘inua

type: building renovation

location: marzabotto, bologna, italy

client: panem et circenses

architect: ciclostile architettura

consultants: EN7 srl , RES srl, federico giovannini technical studio, stefano mattei

area: 4,306 ft2 (400 m2)

year: 2020

photography: fabio mantovani

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