A single oak staircase cantilevers out from a vertical wall to connect all levels, fixed with seamless vertical glass panels that give the illusion of a floating staircase.
The suspended ceilings are made with wooden panels with integrated lead strips. The central volume of the building, crossed vertically by a double-height space and a floating corridor that connects the different rooms at first level, provide natural ventilation thanks to the stack-effect created by the electrical opening system of the roof windows. Passive ventilation of the building is also guaranteed by micro-ventilation systems of the external shell.
The solutions aimed at improving the thermal comfort and energy conservation do not concern only the shape of the building and passive systems, but are integrated with active systems such a solar thermal and photovoltaic systems, supplemented by a system of pumps and heat exchangers, a controlled mechanical ventilation system, an accumulation system DHW in turn integrated with a pellet-wood stove, in order to achieve the goal of having a strong reduction of energy requirements and to classify the building energy rating A+. The distribution of the heating occurs by means of a prefabricated system instead of traditional methods. The construction system of the building involved the construction of a reinforced concrete basement and two more levels above ground, made by a prefabricated dry-system of mixed wood-steel structures and wooden floor with a coffered ceiling type.
Even the external shell is completely composed of drywall systems made by sustainable materials like recycled fibreglass panels and wood wool insulation. With the same philosophy were thought internal cladding where floors were laid in oak staves brushed and bleached, mineral and vegetal paints and putties, stoneware tiles with components from recycled material.
CityComo - Rovello Porro
Gross Floor Area (mq)710
Architectsangus fiori architects
Design teamangus fiori, ilaria danielli, federica arici, chiara piantini, arda beyleryan, emanuela santambrogio
Main ContractorImpresa Beltramelli - Legnocase
ConsultantsNipe Consulting S.r.l.
SuppliersLegnoCase s.r.l, Impresa Beltramelli s.n.c., FGR Termoidraulica
Photo CreditsFilippo Romano
Curriculum studio / partecipanteAngus Fiori architects is a studio of highly innovative architects based in Milan. During the past ten years, our office has been involved in many areas of architectural design. We have designed residential and commercial buildings, hotels, wellness centers and shopping malls. We have renovated historical buildings, villas and private houses in Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, China, Turkey and Russia.
During the last ten years we have become highly specialized in sustainable architectural design, studying all topics in this field such as the focus of contextualization in the design approach, the use of local resources, the design of an acoustic and energy efficient building envelope, the use of technologies that defer to bioclimatic architecture and renewable energy and the use of dry construction systems and prefabrication. We normally perform an ecological analysis of environmental sustainability and biocompatibility of the materials used in the construction process.
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