REFURBISHMENT OF A PRIVATE HOUSE IN LUCCA
A country house located in the outskirts of a village in Lucca ( natural and historical region in Italy) where the big country houses surrounded by fields and fruit gardens contrast to the detached houses proper for the village urban tissue. The multiple extensions that were carried out in the existing house turned out in a tedious configuration with innumerable rooms without convenient light and ventilation.
The project starts by fusing the volume using an existing barn, opening some holes thet divides the different spaces. The main theme is to centralize the project on the enhancement of the barn space, on two levels and without an intermediate floor. The aim is to conserve the envelope by inserting contemporary elements, like the new stair and the big glass wall made with iron structure
The exterior wall envelope of the building is maintained. The main spatial strategy tends to interconnect the spaces; new circulations are added to enhance the labyrinthine character of the house, providing a complexity that paradoxically improves the use of the house.
The volumes of stone and broken white colour give a neutral image where the materials play a crucial role in the spatial arrangement.
The texture of the restored old authentic ceramic bricks contrasts with the neat reflection of the new material.
The house can be configured in different ways, having the possibility of dividing into two smaller units or being exploited in full. This allows a more accurate use of energy, looking towards a sustainable approach to maintaining the building.