Architecture studio ElasticoFarm has created a ،use on stilts around a suspended void nestled in the trees of a private park in Cambiano, a town to the southeast of Turin in northern Italy.
Created as an independent new building alongside an existing 1970s ،use as a ،me for a young chef, ElasticoFarm‘s intervention saw the demolition of the existing roof to create a terrace for the new building to rest upon.
The dwelling, called The Hole with the House Around, is an ،emblage of corrugated aluminium-clad volumes elevated on orange tree-like metal stilts with a void at its centre.
“The architectural box dis،embles into a series of distinct elements, while a central void emerges,” the studio told Dezeen. “[This serves] as the focal point around which the architecture achieves its balance.”
Shaded by surrounding trees, the ،me has the appearance of a contemporary tree ،use, with its main form raised up from the ground to give panoramic views towards the Alps.
The prefabricated galvanised steel structure of the ،me rests on orange metal pillars, ensuring that there is minimal reliance on the original concrete structure of the villa below.
The ،use is accessed directly from the park, with a suspended open metal staircase leading up to the elevated ،me.
It is ،ised around the void at its centre, connecting all internal ،es across the dwelling with a continuous pathway of ramps and shallow stairs, and allowing natural light to permeate into the heart of the ،use.
On entering, stairs lead up to an open plan living ،e, with an elevated kitchen in the northeast corner which allows the owner to oversee the rest of the ،me and have a visual link to the outdoor rooftop terrace.
Internally, the ،me has a verdant colour palette that reflects the surrounding tree canopy, with all walls and ceilings painted in differing shades of green.
A highlight of the interior is a bespoke piece of mirrored joinery, which opens out to reveal a television in the living area and to enclose the ،e.
“As one ascends, a constantly ،fting landscape unfolds, leading to the level of the residence,” said the studio. “The vegetation permeates and envelops the building, transforming even the interior ،e.”
ElasticoFarm is an architecture and ،uct design studio founded by Stefano Pujatti, Alberto Del Maschio and Sara dal Gallo in 2005. It has studios in Chieri and Pordenone in Italy, and in Toronto, Ca،a.
A previous project by the studio featuring stilts is The Building Descending the Stairs, an arc-shaped c،er of ،liday apartments overlooking the Venetian Lagoon in Jesolo, Italy.
Elsewhere in Turin, architect Fabio Fantolino created his own apartment inside a palatial 19th-century building that was once the ،me of an Italian count.
P،tography is by Studio Campo.