Happy and at ease
“ In vain, great hearted Kublai, shall I attempt to describe Zaira, city of high bastions. I could tell you how many steps make up the streets rising like starways, and the degree of the arcades’ curves, and what kind of zinc scales cover the roofs; but I already know this this would be the same as telling you nothing. The city does not consist of this, but of relationships between the measurements of its space and th eevents of its past (…)” I. Calvino, Invisible cities
We might tell you the story of a wooden house, built on a basement created with concrete and other traditional technologies. We might tell you that the site required only few things to be respected, such as maximum number of square meters, maximum height, maximum distance from boundaries, shape of the roof, colour of the tiles. We might tell you about all the sustainable choices we made, as southern exposure, free solar contributions, heating and using the swimming pool as thermal flywheel.
We might tell you about having organized the volume according to a system made by three floors, which are in fact six levels, each and every one served by the staircase built in the center of the house. We might tell you about having drawn different spaces: as far as they had different functions and destinations, they would be designed in a different, particular way. Every function takes up a whole level: on one side we have living room, bedrooms and guest’s area while we have restrooms, storage and garage on the other side.
We might tell you about the budget they had estabilished and all the efforts done to achieve the effect we need, and we were looking for, without overspending.
But having told you all that details don’t explain the entire plan. Actually, this is not only the story of an architectural project, this is the story of a family and of a friendship.
This is the story of two girls who had been sharing their teens and then, after high school, one of them moved to another country and they lost touch of each other. Almost twenty years later, they met at a classmates’ reunion and they started talking as no time had been gone by. One told the other, who had become an architect, about the dream she and her husband was trying to fulfill: building a house from scratch, a house in which their three children would grow up having their own privacy and spaces, in which they could host friends and other family members, expecially the worderful grandmother.
They talked about the possibility of making this journey together and when they decided to start that adventure they also decided that they would want to build that kind of house where the family could live happy and at ease.
This story is, in fact, about confidence and sharing. This project was about taking care of people, while making architectural choices. Both beauty, meant as esthetic values, and gain, meant as economic value, enhance specific aspects of people’s life. But good also is something essential that leads to a positive experience of life.
Dealing with all that elements, and translating them into the building, was our purpose.
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