The pentagonal form of the house fans outwards from the structural core of the stairwell to provide sweeping views across the landscape. With no front or back, the house reveals a rotating continuum of living spaces that are accompanied by the variegated conditions of the site. From the Isarco Valley, through to the nearby meadows, up to the woods, and across the close-knit settlement of the small, hillside town, the South Tyrolean landscape is ever-present. The floor to ceiling windows allow the changing colors and textures of the seasons to become part of the daily lives of the family.
The seamless continuity of the warm grey floors is contrasted by the taut vibration of the planked, cedar ceiling. The wooden canopy of the locally sourced cedarwood plays off of the geometry of the house and integrates the wooden finish-work with the mechanical and lighting infrastructure to form one unified system.
The house is a plastered stone construction with an imposing wooden roof while the barn is an all-wood construction atop a stone base.
The large overhang of the roof at the street-level made for a public, social threshold to the home: neighbors stop to greet the owners and chat beneath the roof that forms this new outdoor room. Trained as a carpenter and owner of a furniture design retail store, the client’s attention to the millwork and detailing were important elements of the design, acting as a frame within which the furniture could hold its own.
Upon entering the house at the ground level, the main living area is an open plan, articulated into a series of micro conditions: the entryway, a small study, a living room, the kitchen, the dining area, and a second living room with the fireplace. The main bedroom and bathroom, along with the guest bathroom are also located on this level.
The central wooden stair is nested within the exposed concrete walls of the service core and arrives at a central foyer that gives access to the three bedrooms, a large bathroom, a laundry room and a multi-use room. Entry from the garage occurs at this level.