The renovation of a single-family house built in the early fifties in an elegant residential district of Montebelluna (Treviso, Italy) becomes the opportunity to rediscover materials and details of the Italian rationalism reinterpreted in a contemporary key. The travertine base, the wide oak covered roof soffit and the clean windows openings with side-jamb-built-in folding shutters characterize the main façade on the tree-lined street.
The two-stories house is on a small lot along a tree-lined street in an elegant residential district in the historical center of Montebelluna (TV). The original structure has been reused and partially expanded by closing the loggias on the ground and first floor to define a linear and compact volume with an almost square floor plan. A new veranda has been built on the south side overlooking the small garden set on the roof of the new underground garage. The three-meter-deep veranda protects the living room windows from solar radiation and provides a large terrace accessible from the main bedrooms above. In its final configuration the house includes: kitchen, living room, a powder room and a studio on the ground floor, four bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor, laundry, garage and technical rooms in the basement.
The finishes reinterpret with a retro taste the materials and details of Italian rationalism. The facades are characterized by a travertine cladding that wraps around the ground floor while the first floor is finished with polished white plaster. The hip roof has a wide soffit covered in oak, like the ceiling of the veranda and of the canopy and the shutters protecting the main entrance. The windows openings remain clean and minimal thanks to the folding shutters "alla vicentina" built-in the jamb. The external flooring is made of exposed gravel concrete, the fences and metal railings with vertical rods are painted in greige color. Inside the house the oak floors and boiserie wrap around the entrance area, the open staircase is characterized by the baluster in burnished-bronze-colored metal with a diamond pattern and the glass bricks back wall that lets natural light in. The kitchen with venetian terrazzo floor is separated from the living area by a sliding wall with an oriental design.
Material Used :
1. HAY ApS, “AAC 22” chairs and “CPH 20” table (kitchen)
2. Foscarini Spa, “Gregg” (kitchen) and “Spokes 2” (stair) suspension lamps
3. Artemide Spa, “Tolomeo Mega” floor lamp (living room)
4. Poliform Spa, “Wall System” bookcase (living room)
5. Poltrona Frau Spa, “Vanity Fair” armchair (living room)
6. Rimadesio Spa, “Soho” sliding door (kitchen)
7. FontanaArte Spa, “Uovo” lamp (veranda)
8. Seves Glass Block Inc., “HTI Wave” glass blocks (stair)
9. Ideal Work Srl, “Lixio®+” terrazzo flooring (kitchen)
10. Vimar Spa, “Arkè” electrical fixtures and “By-me” home automation
11. RDZ Spa, radiant ceiling panels, air treatment machines and home climate control system