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Y House

Luca Maria Gandini

Europa | Torino

Set in the hills just outside Turin in northwest Italy, this family home is an exercise in combining elegance with rationality, architectural refinement of materials and amenities, and certified energy efficiency. Tucked into the hillside, this discreet volume is regularly marked out by narrow external stairs connecting the two levels. At basement level, a central distribution passage leads off to a garage, study, library, sauna and children’s playroom. On the upper floor, the programme creates a deliberate contrast between the living area - a large environment whose ample loggia projects outwards from the rest of the building nestled into the sloping terrain - and a night zone overlooking the pool and the valley on the south side. A long narrow corridor forms the distribution circuit, its fair-faced concrete walls lit by shafts of light from a skylight running the full length...

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