Despite being so enclosed, the patio receives plenty of light from above, where it is open, and through square gap mentioned above, adding to the dynamic relationship with the kitchen area.
Outside, a base of elegant stone clads the façades, compensating for the small differences in height. On the Via Balbo side, the elevation is more complex than the main façade as it has a lower section covered with anodized aluminum sheets, bringing a contemporary touch and extension to the local building tradition of marking the meeting point between the wall and the ground. This usage of metal is also very practical as it integrates the garage doors and spaces for the utilities meters into the façade, but in doing so turns functionality into a compositional element. On this façade, the central section is framed by the white paint of the walls, with two windows that provide light for the mezzanine living area and two further windows for the upper floor bedrooms, which also have balconies with opaque metal-sheet parapets. The appearance of this elevation is thus defined by both the use of materials - paint and aluminum sheets - and the placement of elements, with the base extending horizontally and the window section, vertically. The effect, especially in how light is reflected, is remarkably pictorial and helps forge the unique identity of this building.
Finally, the corner of the house almost becomes a negation of the physicality and geometric development of the meeting of the two walls as the corner is not defined by the touching of the walls, but by the contrast that separates them. As one looks up, the corner becomes virtual as a gap emerges between the walls in a deliberate experimentation with the view, creating a cross-section of the materials and a slither of view in which, unexpectedly, the sky peeps through.
Location: San Severo, Foggia
Completion Date: 2019
Site Area: 80 m2
Building Area: 80 m2
Volume: 500 m3
Architect and Art Director: Raimondo Guidacci
Main Contractors: D’Aries Antonio, Minicucci Luigi
Structural Consultant: Vitaliano D’Amico
Sanitary Ware: Duravit
Photography: © Beppe Giardino, courtesy of Raimondo Guidacci
Raimondo Guidacci (Foggia, 1968) graduated in architecture from the IUAV, and he graduated from the Benedetto Marcello Music Conservatory in Venice. Guidacci opened his practice in Turin, in 1998, working between Apulia and Piedmont. He worked with Emanuele Levi Montalcini and Guido Martinero at the Laboratori di Progettazione Architettonica, part of the Faculty of Architecture at the Turin Polytechnic (1995-2005). He began lecturing there as a Contract Professor in the 2017-2018 academic year. A number of his works have been published in the trade press and been selected for architectural awards, exhibitions and group shows. These publications include: Almanacchi di Casabella 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008; a book curated by Marco Mulazzani, Architetti Italiani, le nuove generazioni (Electa, 2006); and magazines such as Abitare, Costruire, D’Architettura, THE PLAN, C3, and Lotus International.