Summer house renovation—Gabicce Monte
The original building was a two levels residual part of a complex built in the late 70s, and located in the Natural Park of Monte San Bartolo. It is the result of the excavation into a rock wall, carried out in order to create concrete consolidation structures. The spaces had never been used, and the rooms were unhealthy and unsafe. Our goal was to restore the building and create a small vacation home with an amazing view on the surroundings.
The idea was to use the upper floor for the living area, while the lower floor had to host the services. Both levels are partially embedded in the rock wall and overlook the National Park, but we preferred to give a really spectacular view to the upper floor: the large, sliding sloping windows allow to enjoy the outstanding panorama of the landscape all the way to the sea.
All the material we used are natural: wood for the interior, scraped and torn looking lime plasters, painted iron frames for the windows, antique brass and aged wood for the trims. The light, also, is used like a construction material, positioned so as to emphasize the simplicity of the architectures and to create astonishing effects.
We rebuilt part of the mountain to design a visual cone through the horizon, establishing an enduring link between the building and the surrounding nature.