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.
Malatesta, countryside hotel in Pergola, Montaiate by MICHELE GAMBATO ARCHITECT
July 4th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: MICHELE GAMBATO ARCHITECT
The Malatesta building is a country side hotel located in the Marche region in Italy. The architect, Michele Gambato, designed it for a family who wanted to change their lifestyle and move to the countryside to begin with their new hotel enterprise. The project begins from the restoration of three existing buildings. The main building was built at the end of the 19th century to be enlarged during the first half of the 20th century, two additional buildings were added at a later date.
The buildings had been ruined by the weather and time, and the project was aimed to bring them back to life, to emphasize their connection to the countryside. These buildings , in fact, used to have a very important part in the economy of this area, as farmer’s houses . They were therefore rebuilt by using the original stone , but contemporary design was used in the organization of the openings, larger than the original ones, framed by a layer of corten, and placed almost randomly on the facade.
The interior of the buildings has been completely redesigned to suit the needs of the hotel. The central part of the main building is designed as a double-height living space, while the guest’s rooms and the owner’s apartment are located at the first floor, connected by a suspended walkway over the double height space. The plant rooms are located in the small basement. One of the smaller buildings hosts the spa, connected to a long rectangular swimming pool, while the other one contains three more independent rooms.
All the buildings have been designed to ensure sustainability, energy saving and seismic safety. The package of the external walls is65 cmthick. It is made of 30cm of the original local stone, 8cm of thermal insulation and25 cmof concrete blocks. This way the buildings comply to the anti-seismic regulations and also achieve great levels of environmental efficiency. In fact they don’t need any air conditioning in the summer and during the cold months have a very reduced heat loss. The installation of solar panels and of a heat-exchange boiler, make the buildings energetically self-sufficient.
In order to preserve the environment from an over-speculative urbanization, in our opinion the solution is that of concentrating our efforts on reconverting the existing buildings both located in the outer skirts of cities and in the city centres. With this approach we obtain the double achievement of working on the existing buildings with the language of contemporary architecture, and that of creating a continuity between the past and the present, in preparation for future architecture.
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