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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

House in Mathi, Turin, Italy by MARC

 
April 13th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: MARC

Transformation of a few barns into a house/studio and more, Mathi (Turin, Italy)

The client decides to leave his nice apartment downtown Torino to move his family to his hometown, restoring a big shed, little more than a roof in ruins, adjacent to the little house he restored with his wife in the years after their wedding. It is a long-time dream, for which he is eager to invest most of his resources. After interviewing several architects, he asks MARC to design a special house, irrational, for his whole life. MARC decides to accept this responsibility with the client’s same honesty and passion.

MARC. HOUSE IN MATHI. Transformation of a few barns into a house/studio and more, Mathi, Turin, Italy (photo: Beppe Giardino)

  • Architect: MARC
  • Name of Project: House in Mathi
  • Location: Turin, Italy
  • Designers: Subhash Mukerjee, Michele Bonino
  • Collaborators: Lucia Baima, Mi-Jung Kim, Tommaso Rocca
  • Photographer: Beppe Giardino

MARC. HOUSE IN MATHI. Transformation of a few barns into a house/studio and more, Mathi, Turin, Italy (photo: Beppe Giardino).

  • Partners for engineering: FRED (structural engineer: Riccardo Sampietro; HVAC engineer: Daniele Forte; accounting and security: Filippo Rizzo)
  • Client: Private
  • Program:
    • Existing house: 95 sqm
    • Extension: 260 sqm
    • Garden: 270 sqm
    • Office: 85 sqm
    • Terraces + swimming pool: 39 sqm
    • Bed&breakfast (under construction): 190 sqm
  • Schedule:
    • First and second phases: 2008-2012
    • Third phase: Ongoing

MARC. HOUSE IN MATHI. Transformation of a few barns into a house/studio and more, Mathi, Turin, Italy (photo: Beppe Giardino)

The family’s desires and needs are met directly, without trying to rationalize them into a design too unitary: openness toward the exterior, energetic autonomy, a small swimming-pool, care for the previous home, to be connected to the new one without being modified. A micro world made of well-defined initial elements, continuously developed and rethought during the period -not a short one- of the construction, heterogeneous, but neutralized by coating them with an uniform and indifferent color RAL 7032. Also the close bond to the territory is interpreted literally: a shallow excavation crosses the house from one side to the other and defines the building’s relation to the ground, provoking an immediate visual and functional link between the interior and the landscape.

MARC. HOUSE IN MATHI. The lawn enters the house becoming a seat for the dining room, below the swimming-pool and the glazed verandah (photo: Beppe Giardino)

This lower -yellow- footprint allows to fit an additional floor without changing the outline of the building. It also allows enough space to suspend the volume of the swimming-pool at the second floor, for a better exposure to the sun. During the construction period, the clients decide to extend to other building nearby the same additive approach the used for the house. They decide to restore also their professional studios, connecting them to the house through an old brick building. A year later they buy the house in front, to establish a small bed & breakfast, as well connected to the main house. A little village within the village begins to show… To be continued.

MARC. HOUSE IN MATHI. Transformation of a few barns into a house/studio and more, Mathi, Turin, Italy (photo: Beppe Giardino)

MARC. HOUSE IN MATHI. Transformation of a few barns into a house/studio and more, Mathi, Turin, Italy (photo: Beppe Giardino)

MARC. HOUSE IN MATHI. Transformation of a few barns into a house/studio and more, Mathi, Turin, Italy (photo: Beppe Giardino)

MARC. HOUSE IN MATHI. Transformation of a few barns into a house/studio and more, Mathi, Turin, Italy (photo: Beppe Giardino)

MARC. HOUSE IN MATHI. Transformation of a few barns into a house/studio and more, Mathi, Turin, Italy (photo: Beppe Giardino)

MARC. HOUSE IN MATHI. Transformation of a few barns into a house/studio and more, Mathi, Turin, Italy (photo: Beppe Giardino)

MARC. HOUSE IN MATHI. Transformation of a few barns into a house/studio and more, Mathi, Turin, Italy (photo: Beppe Giardino)

MARC. HOUSE IN MATHI. Transformation of a few barns into a house/studio and more, Mathi, Turin, Italy (photo: Beppe Giardino)

MARC. HOUSE IN MATHI. Transformation of a few barns into a house/studio and more, Mathi, Turin, Italy. Pre-existing conditions.

MARC. HOUSE IN MATHI. Transformation of a few barns into a house/studio and more, Mathi, Turin, Italy. Pre-existing conditions from South.

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One Response to “House in Mathi, Turin, Italy by MARC”

  1. Home Builder Harrisburg says:

    Great looking place! Excellent job on the design.

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