marco bernardini: age house marco bernardini: age house
mar 21, 2011

marco bernardini: age house

external view

designed by architect marco bernardini, ‘age house’ is a volume that is placed in the section of a hill, creating a partial hypogeum structure.

the structure is made from materials that blend well into the surrounding environment.

the dwelling is obtained by using the height difference between the terraces. the roof acquires the profile of a terrace, thus creating a natural, grassy cover for the house which aids in improving the structure’s overall micro-climate, reducing energy costs and regulating rainwater storage.

the structure’s placement accommodates a grassy green roof which aids in controlling the dwelling’s overall micro-climate

considered an example of bioclimatic architecture, it reduces the utilization of heating systems, enhancing the efficiency of the exchanges between house and environment. taking advantage of its position and construction materials, this house obtains a high living comfort with a minimum use of resources. a dry stone wall goes into the building, becoming the spine of the home’s construction, thus the house blends into its surroundings utilizing materials drawing from the immediate natural landscape.

internal view

front view

front view






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  • Eduardo Souto Moura – Casa no Baião 1991/1995

    Luís Valido / José Martins says:
  • That work seems a copy of Souto Moura’s ‘Casa no Baião’ project.

    Mr. R. says:
  • @Mr. R. – yes, a copy but without the finess of the original.

    bill says:
  • I like this house
    even if very similar to the Souto Moura architecture,

    COLIN says:
  • we all learn about architypes relating to landscape. arch.Moura did one too, so what?

    do we see clean interior there? do we see ensuits? does the building duck and cover? do the rooms face an inner green corridor? do we see back-to-back sofas or curved ones?

    while tracing back the project, why stop at arch.Moura, there’s also twinkler arch.FLWright?

    sorry, I can’t be as reductive.

    Mr. P. says:
  • “same same but different” !?

    jean nouvel project :

    totoro says:
  • I love this project….
    All in creation is an inspiration, evolution, translation.
    This work is different and “Original”. Perfect !

    VW says:
  • The project was born according to the client’s needs: a one floor apartment, immersed in green, flexible and environmentally friendly.
    We tried to use local materials taking advantage of terraces and dry stone walls typical of Liguria.
    Souto de Moura’s outstanding project consists in a hypogeum structure, expansion of an ancient ruin whose rooms directly face the outside.
    In our project, as shown in plans and sections, the house shares only one side of four with the hill, it has one interior load-bearing wall, which is the extension of the exterior dry stone one, and a patio at the front side.
    For a reference, I would rather look at Rudy Ricciotti’s amazing architecture, especially at

    Best regards
    Marco bernardini

    Marco bernardini says:
  • I think that could be similar, but it’s a really different is quite common in architecture find some similarities in constructions, especially when using natural materials. In that area stones are traditionally used
    And most of all I think that to use word such “shame” is an impolite an useless way to criticize the work of others

    franziska says:
  • of course the souto moura project comes into mind, but this is a nice project nevertheless. It’s real architecture, congrats Marco

    Q says:
  • Good but i prefer Souto Moura project

    MMR says:
  • Great work. Great architecture. Doesnt matter who had this kind of approach first…

    Ricardo Antonio says:

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