italian architecture practice studio contini architettura has completed villa in monticelli, a residential project located in parma, italy. characterized by the presence of three patios, the design concept references the typological scheme of a roman domus where the fronts of the house discover the interior spaces in a progressive way. 

studio contini clads residential house in italy around three patios
images by davide galli

 

 

villa monticelli by studio contini architettura is composed of three patios, each one having different sizes and functions. the first one, which one encounters when coming from the outside, separates the living spaces of the house with the services’ area. once inside, the spaces have been arranged around a central patio which is covered by a large skylight. this space contributes to the internal climate well-being, allowing for the natural ventilation of the internal spaces during the summer months and providing solar gains in the winter period. this patio is dedicated exclusively to the bathroom area.

studio contini clads residential house in italy around three patios

 

 

the articulation of the spaces and the arrangement of the openings, which may seem apparently simple, are the result of careful research. the goal was to define a multitude of visual relationships, between the interior spaces and the surroundings, framing different portions of the landscape from each room. the fronts of the house feature an alternating present of solid masonry parts, in the north-facing entrance, and the larger corner window in the south area.

studio contini clads residential house in italy around three patios

 

 

the roof slab, projected outside, towards the garden, clearly defines the external perimeter of the building. thanks to the articulation of the wall parts, it was possible to build a series of different covered spaces, functioning as outdoor extensions of the house. the vertical elements of the structure are walls made in reinforced concrete, cast in place. the roof structure is made of a bidirectional reinforced concrete slab.

studio contini clads residential house in italy around three patios

studio contini clads residential house in italy around three patios

studio contini clads residential house in italy around three patios

studio contini clads residential house in italy around three patios

studio contini clads residential house in italy around three patios

studio contini clads residential house in italy around three patios

studio contini clads residential house in italy around three patios

studio contini clads residential house in italy around three patios

studio contini clads residential house in italy around three patios

studio contini clads residential house in italy around three patios