Arzergrande Renovation - Casone Azzurro and New Pavillion - 3ndy studio oversaw the conservative restructuring of the rural thachted house named “Casone Azzurro” and the building of an annexed New Pavillion for tourist hospitality, the opening of the whole complex is scheduled for next april 25. The "Casone Azzurro" is an outstanding example of green building that recalls to a unique rural housing typology of the pre-industrial age in the Padua Province. The Casone is made of materials found in nature: walls are made of a mix of sundried clays, dung, straw and lime, whereas the thatched roof is made of rye straw and reeds, requiring periodic maintenance every 20 years. Intervening to conserve the plaster of the facade of the Casone has the primary purpose of ensuring the durability of the historical building, removing
the causes of decay, current and potential, that were threatening its passage through time. Operations involving plaster surfaces provide for the removal of only the products of alteration and of the non-compatible materials, which may constitute further cause of degradation over time. Restoration works will provide treatments for disinfection and disinfestation, cleaning, consolidation, protection and plastering. Priority will be given to methods that, while achieving effectiveness, will allow the restorer to operate in a controlled, gradual and selective way to remove the products of alteration. 3ndy Studio oversaw the restoration project - recently completed - of the entire Casone and has implemented the project for the new tourist pavilion, located is in the same area. The whole complex forms a single facility, which is open to the p
ublic and offers a unique tourist’s experience. The new pavilion is inspired to the surrounding environment and adopts the shapes and colors that already exist in nature, interpreting the rural world of which the “Casone” has been a part. The grove of reeds, which appear to the eye as a pictorial skectch of repeated vertical elements to form a dense brown-green wall, inspired the creation of the main facade, the key element of the entire building. About the bioclimatic aspect and technologic system we have to analyze separately the two buildings. The “Casone Azzurro” is maintained in his original status without any system implementation, but is important to underline that it works perfectly well thanks to the natural properties that are advantageous to its performance. It is naturally weather-resistant, and when properly maintained does not absorb a lot of water. There should not be a significant increase to roof weight due to water retention. The high roof pitch of at least 50 degrees allows precipitation to travel quickly down slope so that it runs off the roof before it can penetrate the structure. Thatch is also a natural insulator, and air pockets within straw thatch insulate a building in both warm and cold weather. A thatched roof ensures that a building is cool in summer and warm in winter. The New Pavillon instead is a high-performing building that take advantage of the passive solar buildings, with wide windows (glazing) on the southern facing side of the building in order to absorb the sun’s heat energy to warm a building during the winter. In order to stay cool in the summer, the New Pavillion rely on a system of shading to keep the building cool, made by the Cor-ten hurdle. Sunlight was a key influence in the design process. The structure elegantly takes advantage of changing light patterns throughout the day, harnessing natural light to create a 'dynamic atmosphere' through the pavilion's Corten façade. This both floods the spaces and helps shape the character of the rooms inside. Simply by building the pavilion in this way, 3ndy Studio reduce its heating and cooling costs by 75%. 3ndy Studio - Marco Mazzetto (1973) and Alessandro Lazzari (1972) established the 3ndy Studio in the province of Venice right after achieving their master’s degree at the University of Architecture in Venice IUAV. Since the very early activities the Studio is interested in planning, researching and implementing architectural projects involving diverse levels of design: objects, buildings, urban planning. In addition, the Studio competes in national and international planning contests, achieving various mentions and awards. 3ndy is currently a vital center where many skills and personalities meet. In 2007 started the collaboration with Massimiliano Martignon (1972) a fellow architect also trained in IUAV. Today 3ndy Studio is a consolidate reality, which proudly accounts successful works in Italy, and since 2011 it has developed a strategy of international outreach, which has led to contracts in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, cutting across the residential and Business&Retail sectors.