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Six houses in the barn, Sesto san Giovanni, Italy

GINO GUARNIERI ARCHITECT - ROBERTO MASCAZZINI ARCHITECT

A collapsing barn has been replaced by a new building, placed on the same site, with the same size, shape and materials, as demanded by building code. Copper clad openings feature on each of the units.

The intervention lot is located on the edge of an ancient rural village, now absorbed in the suburbs of Sesto San Giovanni, outside Milan. The architects believed that some of the demolition materials, the solid brick of the walls and porphyric floors, could have a new life – providing the new building within an enclosing ‘historical’ shell. The crushed material has a thickness of a few centimetres, and is held in place by a metal net made of Corten steel. It is distributed uniformly on the ceiling and walls, creating a sort of ‘legacy’ aesthetic, despite the transformation it was subjected to.

The result is an elementary geometry and continuity between facades and roof, wall and openings - the primary shape of the previously existing barn.

The recycled materials (brick, cobblestone) alternate with strips of copper of different heights, in order to provide continuity between the facade and the roof. All the openings of the six aligned units are covered with the copper strips. The openings do not compromise the integrity and strength of the building, and they are hidden by shutters that open mechanically, serving as shelter against sun and rain. The particular construction technique allowed the elimination of the usual constructive elements- like channels, downspouts, window sills, trims and shutters - allowing simple construction and clean lines, reducing a lot of the building envelope maintenance.

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Building

Owner: 
Immobiliare Bandello srl Sesto San Giovanni (MI)
Completion date: 
2015
Country: 
Italy
Zip code: 
20099
City: 
Sesto san Giovanni
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Type of building: 
Residential
Copper used: 
Classic

Architect

Name, office: 
GINO GUARNIERI ARCHITECT - ROBERTO MASCAZZINI ARCHITECT

Copper contractors

Title: 
Tinner Craftsman

Awards

Season: 
2017
Categories: 
Shortlisted

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