Location: Beijing, China

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Commissioned project.
Program: Residential block with three apartments.
Total site area: 728 sqm.
Total built area: 442 sqm.
Client: private.
Location: Avetrana (TA), Italy.
Design: 2006-2007.
Status: on going.

Built on a solid analytical base and on the history of Puglia, this project, through a simple design gesture, challenges the contemporary representation of the spirit of the mediterranean vernacular architecture and the strong Baroque local tradition.
The functional layout is the result of a complex site condition. The building, like a solid tuff block (the local stone), is programmatically carved by deep shaded terraces, which work as `buffer areas’ that separate the different functions , more or less private, within the apartments.
The shift of the tarraces on each level makes each dwelling different from the others, offering to each inhabitant a personalized space solution.
On the street level, a common volume provided with wide rotating doors on the two long facades, allows the connection between the two sides of the garden that otherwise would become a mere corridor−like space around the building.
Tuff stone, mindful of historical and landscape jewels like the “Sassi di Matera” and the “Gravine di Puglia”, is combined with the typical ceramic from Grottaglie, precious and sensual material, additional tribute to the local handcrafts. Brutal and sublime come together for a new concept of “contemporary mediterranean”.





Commissioned project.
Program: Renovation of a small loft in the centre of Rome.
Budget: private.
Client: Sovereign Order of Malta.
Location: Sovereign Order of Malta in Rome, Italy.
Design and realisation: 2006.


International architecture competition.
Data: Single family house in the wood. Housing type flexible for different clients, environmentally self sustainable.
Budget: 150.000 euros.
Client: CASLA & Comité ‘De Fantasie’.
Location: Almere, the Netherlands.
Design: 2006

Building a single family house with a low budget in a forest, yet, offering a contemporary life style to the inhabitants, comfort, privacy and space quality.
Our strategy is based on the combination of two very simple concepts and technologies: a traditional durable brick house and a glass house. These two are combined and reinterpreted in a way that will offer practical use of the spaces, privacy and communal life, as well as a new material perception of a traditional Dutch building technology: the brick construction.
The house is divided in two volumes. The separation of the two bands allows the definition of two functional domains that live from the interaction with each other. The space in between hosts a winter garden which becomes a connector, not only for flows, but for activities, giving the possibility to improve the inhabitable space of the house, without the costs coming from building a third functional band.
We believe that the winter garden becomes a secret gift to the owners of the house, additional space that can host the personal desires of every inhabitant, old or young. At the same time it is a tool that unables the designers to adapt the scheme to different potential clients that would be interested in investing in this house.
The connector is the space that gives logic to every functional scenario: a couple, a family with children, a single worker, two housemates.
All these potential clients could benefit by a configuration of the scheme that, every time would fit their requirements and still offer an exciting unique space.


Design for a single family villa.
Commissioned project.
Client: private.
Location: Avetrana (TA), Italy.
Year: 2005
Status: canceled

House Z is a single family villa in the outskirts of Avetrana, a little town on the Jonio coast of Puglia. A long and tapered site is crossed by a displaced composition, which allows a programmatic unfold towards the garden; a tool to define external spaces for the different hours of the day, in the different seasons.
The main terrace, open on the pool that embraces the house like a lake, offers an optimal view toward the garden during daytime.
The back terrace, shadowed by the upper floor, offers a space protected by the sun for the warm summer afternoons.
The underground patio, beyond the street wall, becomes an alcove, offering privacy and utility space at the same time.
The Z shape becomes a flows diagram and follows the movement of the inhabitants during the day. The central core concentrates the circulation around the fireplace, functional apex of collective moments in the house.
House Z liberates the program from a traditional central scheme, making the external spaces a design result of the internal ones.
House Z moves within the garden, facing the orchard and the zig−zag path till the end of the site.
A landscape design becomes inhabitable.