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Lake house

This work has been a long dialogue with the masters of Italian architecture Scarpa, Albini, Detti. With the Italian season that has placed in the project the reason for the survival of cultural and landscape heritage.


I had been entrusted with a ruin next to the town hall garden with its secular cypress. Fifty years of abandonment had caused roofs and walls to collapse except for the first vertical part. 

In agreement with the client I proposed a ground floor for socializing and I distributed the rooms in the tower. Each original element has been reconstructed in the volumetry, transfiguring it with the external enclosure and covered with a wood-steel structure to release maximum light. The walls were reconstructed with irregularities in plan and section but plastered with lime. The exposed Beola has become plaster, the wooden decks have become reinforced concrete slabs, and the wooden tie rods have become iron structures.

The 50 metre long living room was divided into separate places with light and space, anchoring the atrium to the double height, the gallery to the patio. Finally, the water room, with its mobile floor for sunbathing on the lake, with the deliberately unfinished reconstruction of the roof, so as to be able to capture the sky beyond the profile of the mountains from the living room, showing outside an "unfinished" that shows the construction and suggests the distance between critical and uncritical reconstruction.

Location: Orta san Giulio, Novara


Cost: 925.000 €

Surface: 1.100 sqm

Year: 1990

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