The linearity of the ‘cornices’ (upper slab and cornice) articulates the staggered volumes of the trapeze-shaped plan designed to fit in with the available space between the original back wall and the railway tracks. Sliding aluminum shutters add to the luminosity of the façade. They also change the whole appearance of the elevation depending on whether open or closed. The result is an elegant modern living space opening out onto a small private backyard, a place where interiors and exteriors form an intimate physical continuum. The deceptively simple design is the result of meticulous attention to composition and detail – the inverted pillar under the balcony is an example. The architect’s reasoned approach has allowed an excellent balance between expressive and functional architecture in a program that one could even call poetic.
The two-part street-side elevation is united by the large linear aluminum-clad cornice and overhang. The pipe draining water from the concealed guttering emphasizes the division of the façade, intimating that these closed walls staunchly defend the privacy of family life inside. The left side comprises horizontally laid slats of white marble on a Corten plinth that sits easily with the uneven sidewalk. The right side is a series of staggered Corten panels. The entrance, garage opening, and window shutters are hardly visible, melding with the surface that contrasts strikingly with the reflective marble next to it. Here too, there is a sense of a tightly controlled overall program where every detail has been carefully thought through, down to the engraved street number on the metal slab next to the front door and the door handle carved into the thick door cladding.
Front and back of this renovated building display different characteristics: the two-section street frontage is textured and pictorial while the rear is spatial expansive. Yet both are the product of the same compositional rigueur that together provides a quality living environment.
Location: Nichelino, Torino
Completion Date: 2018
Gross Floor Area: 90 m2
Architect: Raimondo Guidacci
Artistic Director: Raimondo Guidacci
Project management: Diego Paltanin
Structural: Diego Paltanin
Marble Coverings: Catella Fratelli
Fotografie: © Beppe Giardino