A home in the Italian countryside… ain’t that the dream. Milan-based
The previously derelict property had plaster covering the original load-bearing walls, made from river pebbles. Step one for Studio Wok was to strip the plaster back from the facade, revealing the stones beneath. Biancone marble frames the recessed windows on each façade, providing a smooth, modern contrast to the textured stones. Special attention was given to the surrounding territory and landscape throughout all design decisions, using locally traditional materials wherever possible.
Most of the existing internal structure of the residence was removed, replaced by a contemporary three-storey home constructed within the stone frame. In a nod to the property’s agricultural roots, a large archway at the front of the home was restored, framing the entryway and “making it the fulcrum around which the spaces of the house are distributed,” according to the architects.
A large rear door frames the opposing masonry arch, serving to create visual harmony between the interior space and the
The layout is centred around a full height living space, with birch
The architects took great consideration for environmental
“The tree is the protagonist of the outdoor space and has a perfect dialogue with the house: the shadow of its foliage is projected at sunset on the stone façade and is visible from all rooms,” says Studio Wok. It’s bordered by a flowerbed and neighbored by a