- A small triangular plot
- A foot print of 100m2
- A number of established trees
- A client who shares his time between Italy and Africa.
The overall idea was to combine the performance qualities of western construction with the simplicity and economy of African countries. A self-build project, one that has a high energy performance.
- The choice of a simple, light and economical technology. Wood (beech lamellar beams and OSB panels)
- Trees create geometry (and shade) that remains simple and Cartesian
- Cutting and care of tree roots establishes the proximity between the building and the vegetation that surrounds it
- The fall of the leaves on the building determines the geometry of the cover, gutters cannot be laid
- The exact location of hardwoods determines the location of the shrubs for summer shading and a positive winter greenhouse effect
- Minimizing the use of materials that do not fit with new technologies.
- A brick-clay double structure is the main body of the house and ensures its ability to withstand any seismic movement
- Lamellar structural tiling finds its geometry on the size of the plywood boards
- A patented system allows joining the wood structure with simple patented screws
- The copper is easy-to-install and well-suited to a wood-based skin, that solves the interface with nearby vegetation, allowing the gutters to be omitted from the design
- Glass surfaces use structural posts such as structural silicone frames and handcrafts
- Combination of a programmable wood burner with forced air supply, combined with continuous insulation with aerospace reflective ventilated insulation, optimizes winter thermal response (there is also a traditional methane boiler with radiant floor panels to be used as a reserve).
Project designs are closer to IKEA instructions than to a complex build. You buy the most powerful screwdriver available on e-bay and you start the project.
Project Name: House T2
Area: 110 m2
Materials: Copper, wood, brick, concrete blocks