building, and the balconies are covered with larch wood. The larch wood is treated with a pigmented graying solution of iron sulphate, in order to diversify the north service volume. Copper and larch wood are exposed to a natural change of colour caused by the atmospheric influence of sun, rain and snow; this phenomena, in addition to the repetition of the wooden colour code of the Villa, accentuates the integration of the building in the natural enviromental.
The interior is clear, simple and functional. The furnitures are realised in birch plywood, which is oiled or dark stained so as to be similar to the copper.
It has been paid particular attention to the sustainability of the construction phases. We used measures to improve the energy performance of the building, such as doors and windows with triple glass, controlled ventilation system, heating system connected to a wooden pellets district heating plant and heat-sound insulation with wooden fiber.
CitySexten / Sesto
ClientVilla 3 Birken
Gross Floor Area (mq)603
ArchitectsUlla Hell, Eva Castro, Holger Kehne
Design teamPeter Pichler, Micol Fronza
Main ContractorDravus GmbH
ConsultantsTeam 4, Ing. Klaus Seeber
Photo CreditsPlasma studio, Holger Kehne
Curriculum studio / partecipanteFounded in London in 1999 by Eva Castro and Holger Kehne Plasma Studio operates at the intersection of conjecture and practical application, architecture and urbanism. We gauge how architecture can perform as link between the urban and environmental systems and forces. After completing a range of innovative projects in London and the Alpine region of Northern Italy, where a partner office was established in 2003, a pronounced shift in opportunities eastwards came with winning Longgang City masterplan and Xi’an Expo in 2008, sparking the establishment of the Beijing office in 2008.
Plasma became firmly established with a wide range of projects and our work and thoughts have received critical acclaim and were published and exhibited widely- internationally and in China: Plasma had features in UED, Domus China, Arch Manual among others and Xi’an Expo was selected by Fang Zhenning as one of the 100 most important Chinese contemporary buildings.
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