Location: Castelnovo, Italy
Architect: Andrea Oliva
Completion date: 2009
Built area: 390m2
Collaborators: Luca Paroli, David Zilioli
Photographs: Kai-Uwe Schulte-Bunert
Text provided by the architects:
To the borders of the country of Castelnovo Sotto, between the stream Morella and a Roman road, in a landscape context characterized by channels, ditches, rows, shrubby stains, gardens, villas, and agricultural houses it places the “House on the Morella”. Its typological value is defined by its relationship with the road and as an integral part of the landscape; this is achieved through the enhancement of internal and external viewpoints and through the interaction between solids and voids (porches and windows). The relationships between architecture and landscape, closeness and distance, public and private, and the observer and the observatory are also considered. Inserted between rural landscape and observer to 60mt from the road, suspended by the ground to the protection of the tall stratum of superficial water and to the memory of the installations “Terramare”, the residence is composed of two staggered elements to the northeast: the porch or climatic mitigator and the housing space or insulating body.