The semi-detached house on the hills of Antignano (Livorno), realized in collaboration with Fabio Barluzzi, has been designed with the aim of launching a challenge: to propose a contemporary language in a context of Tuscan typical houses. It was not an end in itself challenge, but a studied experimentation in relation to the landscape; that is to say the pinewood that surrounds the house and the sea on the horizon.
The buildings built in exposed concrete, “piasentina” stone, steel, glass and wood, follow the contours of the ground characterized by a steep slope. They are in fact distributed along an S profile that goes from the lowest level to the highest. The houses are inserted between the folds of this trend similar to a tape and thanks to the fully glazed main façade, they have views of the sea and of the pinewood. Towards the sea, to the southwest, a meter and a half gutter provides a shield from the sun’s rays and protects against rain. The internal glass partitions help to facilitate a smooth perception of the relationship between outside and inside. The exposed face use of reinforced concrete is a conscious decision that reflects the desire to avoid sharp colours and blend the building in the background of the hill. Today, looking at the pinewood from the sea, only the plastered houses emerge.
Customer: S.L.I. s.a.s.
Location: Antignano, Livorno, Italy
Surface: 1,600 square meters (lot area), 400 sqm (built area)
Status: built, 2001 – 2003