Sto­ne and hay

IN SIU­SI, THE GATEWAY TO THE DOLOMITES, AN ARCHITECT’S HO­ME REINTERPRETS LOCAL HAYLOFTS IN A NOVEL WAY.

AD (Italy) - - English Texts - words MAR­TI­NA HUNGLINGER – pho­tos MADS MOGENSEN

“This is the hou­se whe­re dreams co­me true” could be the in­scrip­tion on the door of architect Stefan Rier’s ho­me in Siu­si. A part­ner of the Italian firm NOA* Ar­chi­tec­ts, Stefan has ful­fil­led his chil­d­hood dream of li­ving in a barn at 1,050 me­ters a.s.l. In this re­fur­bi­shing the ma­te­rials ran­ge from geo­me­tric fa­bric co­ve­ring the lar­ge su­spen­ded cu­bes of the rooms, to wall­pa­per, la­ser-cut me­tal for the stair­ca­se, and tex­tu­red tiles co­ve­ring mo­st of the kit­chen and ba­th­room sur­fa­ces. In tu­ne wi­th the tra­di­tio­nal local con­struc­tions, Stefan has op­ted for an ou­ter shell that re­spec­ts the ge­nius lo­ci, whi­le the in­te­rior de­si­gn in­ter­pre­ts the spa­ce in a con­tem­po­ra­ry way. The building is set on a sto­ne plin­th hou­sing the ga­ra­ge and the gue­stroom, and has a woo­den tim­ber fra­me struc­tu­re on top. In­si­de, the three su­spen­ded cu­bes con­tain the be­drooms, in con­stant dia­lo­gue wi­th the li­ving area and kit­chen on the main floor. The sub­di­vi­sion of the three levels ta­kes a novel ap­proa­ch, whe­re the main floor has been trea­ted like a to­wn squa­re whe­re peo­ple can meet and so­cia­li­ze, wi­th the fi­re­pla­ce play­ing a cen­tral ro­le. The next le­vel is rea­ched by means of a stri­king stair­ca­se that winds across the spa­ce like a rib­bon. Af­ter the se­clu­ded be­drooms wi­th par­tly open ba­th­rooms on the fir­st floor, one rea­ches the mo­st in­ti­ma­te spa­ce on the up­per le­vel, wi­th a sau­na zo­ne and an out­door ter­ra­ce wi­th a whirl­pool ba­th. Three fa­ca­des of the building are al­mo­st com­ple­te­ly ma­de from a woo­den shell, crea­ting a di­scre­te at­mo­sphe­re and pro­tec­ting from street noi­se. The lar­ge ground-to-roof glass fa­ca­de crea­tes a sen­se of open­ness and of­fers stun­ning views.

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