A space-age house lands in the Verona countryside.
Within an apple orchard, architect Michele Perlini created the two pure white volumes that define his Space House design.
Set on a three-quarter acre (3000m2) block, the home offers 3,230 square feet (300m2) of living area over two floors. The ground floor comprises a large open space, with glazed walls offering garden views from the living, dining, and kitchen areas on two sides. The house is sufficiently large that there’s still room left over for a master bedroom with walk-in closet, study, and garage spaces.
The pivot point and defining feature of the design is a reinforced concrete column with a foam concrete finish to prevent energy loss. From here, an iron staircase leads to a room on the first floor, used by the owner as a photographic studio. Almost completely cantilevered, this space merges with the rest of the home, creating a distinctive aesthetic with its terrace and round windows.
Contrary to what its name might suggest, Space House has been carefully designed to harmonize with its setting. Insulation materials protect against heat loss between inside and out, while the orientation of the interior spaces is intended to maximize natural light – this last feature prompting the architect to further accentuate its luminous effects by painting the south-facing walls gold.
The interiors are made with natural materials, with clay walls regulating humidity and creating an interior microclimate. Most of the furniture is custom made, including the kitchen and an oak table. The lighting system reflects a similar approach, creating shafts, nooks, and spots of light with warm color temperatures.
Architect: Michele Perlini
Location: Verona, Italy
Date: 2019 - 2020
Photography by © Paolo Castagnedi
courtesy of Michele Perlini
Home automation system: Vimar
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