Valverde, an open space on two floors signed 35a studio
Located in the Oltrepò Pavese region, immersed in a hilly landscape full of villages and castles, and in a flourishing nature made of woods and large cultivated areas, Casa D’Agosto, a small village, part of the Valverde Municipality of 315 inhabitants, is just twenty kilometers from Pavia. This small (120m2) holiday home by 35a studio of a young Milanese couple was built on a piece of land with a slight slope of about 3000 sq.m. The house is located exactly on the grounds of an old pre-existing brick barn , demolished to leave room for the new building. The new home is fully made of a reinforced concrete monobloc positioned at the natural level of the ground and of an open space in front of it, for the enjoyment of the air and the surrounding nature in summer.
This holiday home is conceived as an open-space on two floors articulated in a single double-height volume ; characteristics of the house are its lofts and the 45-degree rotation of the traditional roof cover. The result is the creation of four identical, stereometric and trapezoidal sections. The internal distribution of functions is quite simple. The interior space is divided as follows: on the ground floor we find the living and dining area, accessible from the outside garden through large sliding windows , in addition to the main access door, also glazed.
The open-space ground floor is divided into a large double-height living area, a dining area located below the mezzanine and the open-space kitchen with concrete worktop and treated maple doors; a small bathroom with floor-to-wall and wall-clad disengagement with green cement serves both the ground floor and the upper floor. The access to the sleeping area is ensured by an open staircase made of reinforced concrete, inserted into wall blocks also made of the same material ; the staircase is adjacent the living room. On the upper loft floor there are the two fully open bedrooms, overlooking the living area; from the bedrooms’ large windows you can enjoy the view of the surrounding landscape . The relationship with the landscape is guaranteed by large wood windows , some of them openable and others fixed, which together allow light, air and the view of the surrounding hills; all the openings are in fact designed according to the need of offering the best external sight. The material used in the construction is mainly reinforced concrete, completely in sight in the interior spaces.
The reinforced concrete, used to eliminate any structural element inside and reduce the construction costs, was placed using common yellow panels and leaving it internally exposed. The materiality of the few solid wood elements (kitchen, bathroom door, furniture and window frames); the elegance of the floors, made of monolithic concrete helicoptered castings and finished with quartz paste; the rough texture of the exposed concrete walls and exposed ceiling. All these characteristics help highlight the most sensitive and material aspects of the architectural work. The exterior finishes of the building ensure continuity with the interior; all the facades are finished with a dark-gray, coarse-grained , heat-reflective plaster, grossly spread with a trowel; also the two-fold, fortyfive-degree , double-faced cover is treated with poor material, normally used in industrial shells (gray glove). It follows and confirms the brutalist language of the whole work.
Location Valverde, casa d’agosto (Pv)
architects 35a studio di architettura Andrea Carmignola Janko Mauri
Structural engineer: Polistudio s.a.s. construction company: Immobiliare Cardanini, Mario Crevani