rocco valentini restores 19th century home with corten addition

all images courtesy of rocco valentini architect

 

 

 

italian architect rocco valentini has recently completed the historic renovation of a late 19th century masonry home and mill. the two existing structures served different purposes, one used for agricultural processing and refinement while the other served as the owner’s villa- two structures separated on the property but working closely together. in order to restore new function into the decaying architecture, the designer physically connected each building with a contemporary injection of corten and glass, creating a new entry foyer and vertical circulation core. the angles and materials of the intervention relate to those used in agricultural processing machinery.
rocco valentini restores 19th century home with corten addition
north elevation view

 

 

large slices through the metal skin open the way for expanses of glass to illuminate deep into the interior of the home. within this space, materials and design offer a tectonically contrasting experience from the flanking structures which exhibit the original barrel vaulted ceilings and rugged masonry walls. timber steps transition into wide-format planks that clad the interior of the wall, introducing a softer material into a predominantly rock, concrete, and steel structure. an elongated skylight originating in the entry area stretches across what was originally the exterior of the living quarters as an informal boundary leading to a newly added contemporary dining area that overlooks the yard.
rocco valentini restores 19th century home with corten addition
large glass panels accept natural light into the space

rocco valentini restores 19th century home with corten addition
an overhang defines the new entryway into the home

rocco valentini restores 19th century home with corten addition
east elevation view

rocco valentini restores 19th century home with corten addition
new dining area connected to the original house through a vaulted door

rocco valentini restores 19th century home with corten addition

rocco valentini restores 19th century home with corten addition
a mahogany bridge and new staircase connects the two existing buildings

rocco valentini restores 19th century home with corten addition

rocco valentini restores 19th century home with corten addition

rocco valentini restores 19th century home with corten addition
new entry foyer

rocco valentini restores 19th century home with corten addition
throughout the house, the juxtaposition of old and new materials helps define the new character

rocco valentini restores 19th century home with corten addition
the existing structures still exhibit the original construction and materials

 

 

 

drawings