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 – –


  • The epitome of intellectual expression, as emotionless, cold and unresponsive to human need as death.

    Michael Jackson says:
  • I wish lazy writers would stop saying things like “the concrete is in dialogue with the water”. It may be “juxtaposed”, it may have “contrast” but it never has and never will be in dialogue.

    JJ says:
  • fine if you want to live in a morgue

    Paedra says:
  • I like the design very much but i dont know that id feel free living there.
    I’m sure someone hates what you do where you work…..MJ..

    Alex says:
  • I guess the idea is to put really messy and dirty people inside so it looks like it’s inhabited

    stanispasme says:

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