VILLA IN ROMAN COUNTRYSIDE
Bellegra (Italy), 2007
Nicola De Risi
Sergio Bianchi with Tommaso Fersini, Caterina Finocchi, Pietro Fiorentini, Marco Lorio, Valeria Menculini, Maria Gaia Mingoli, Paola Porretta, Elisabetta Straffi
This project was chosen among the many participants in the International Competition organized by the IN / ARCH – National Institute of Architecture entitled “Una Casa a Bellegra – Nuovi modi di abitare la Campagna”.
We wanted to challenge the solution of a current problem: where there is no more agriculture, how do you live in the countryside? and what does the countryside offer?
The project idea is to:
– respect the bare rock,
– where the soil descends with greater slope, following it creating a series of degrading terraces, intended for any specialized crops and a swimming pool;
– enhance the panoramic position of the ground, raising the building on a light, almost transparent metallic structure, so that you can enjoy the panoramic view;
– use the local stone to cover the external walls.
Nature is thus respected and all its potentials are fully expressed.
Entering in the house, you have a beautiful natural rock on the left together with the hanged metal structure. You are greeted by the living room window, with the fountain in the rock next to it. Upstairs the studio expands into large terraces on the right, left and opposite. On the back, the walkway leads into a cozy space surrounded by oaks. Downstairs other rooms communicate with a large portico, degrading terraces and the swimming pool.
The house has a supporting structure composed partly in steel, this because the building is in a seismic area. It has many facilities that today’s technique offers: air conditioning, phytodepuration plant for cultivable terraces, photovoltaic cells for the production of electricity and solar panels for the production of hot water.