It is a single-family house, is located in a low-density residential area and adjacent to the agricultural area. The volume of a single floor with a pitched roof is placed parallel to the road but set back by 20m. The living room is open with a window to the fields and the woods behind it. The main volume includes the garage. The structural and finishing material is the sanded concrete facing both the external and internal walls.
Having engaged architect Marco Ortalli to design their new home, the owners – a couple with a young child – requested that reinforced concrete be used as the primary material.
The home is located near the Parco della Brughiera Briantea, an area known for its natural scenic beauty.
Oriented east-west on the lot, the first of two large spaces includes the living room, kitchen, dining area and office. The other is designed as a work space and garage. Both are located on the short north-south oriented ends of the structure.
In between are the bedrooms, with western exposure, while the bathrooms and laundry room face east.
The walls of the living room and laboratory are in reinforced concrete and have pitched ceilings, while the plastered walls and lower ceilings in the bedrooms and bathrooms lend a greater sense of coziness.
The differences in the public and private spaces are conveyed through size, materials and finishes. In the large open space, the exposed pitched ceiling is clad in chestnut wood slats; the floor is in smooth concrete and the walls in reinforced concrete. In the private areas, the ceilings are flat, the hardwood floors in chestnut and the walls are plastered.