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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.

CASA Y in Torino, Italy by F:L architetti

 
September 11th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: F:L architetti

Set on the hills just outside the city of Turin, CASA Y is a family house designed for a professional couple with 3 children. Clients’ needs were very large spaces devoted to family life and a low-impact energy and house.

Tucked into the hillside, this discreet volume consists in the juxtaposition of two simple parallelepipeds, one in fair-faced concrete and the other in glass covered with cor-ten steel. Concrete and cor-ten are a stylistic choice and a functional one, the answer to the client’s need of ease of maintenance and long-term durability.

Image Courtesy © Daniele Domenicali

  • Architects: F:L architetti
  • Project: CASA Y
  • Location: Torino, Italy
  • Photography: Daniele Domenicali, Fabrizio Caudana

Image Courtesy © Daniele Domenicali

The living area with the kitchen forms a large environment whose ample loggia projects outwards, overlooking the valley. The rest of the building is nestled into the sloping terrain. A long narrow corridor forms the distribution circuit: its fair-faced concrete walls lit by shafts of light from a skylight running the full length of the passage way.

Image Courtesy © Daniele Domenicali

Tall narrow windows at the end of the corridors are a natural continuation of the skylight. The study of light has a great impact and importance: to reveal forms, wall planes and textures, architectural details and to enhance the livability of the spaces.

Sunscreens of horizontal cor-ten slats shielding the full- height glazed façades open out 90° to create a secluded area in front of each room. Deceptively simple, the building’s geometry is based on refinement and elegance.

Image Courtesy © Daniele Domenicali

This is evidenced by the juxtaposition of materials like fair- faced concrete and steel, and the contrasting textures and finish of the raw concrete walls: silky smooth on the lower floor on account of the steel formwork used, and rough and rustic on the upper floor, patterned by timber formwork.

CASA Y combines elegance with rationality, architectural refinement of materials and certified energy efficiency.

Image Courtesy © Daniele Domenicali

Image Courtesy © Daniele Domenicali

Image Courtesy © Daniele Domenicali

Image Courtesy © Daniele Domenicali

Image Courtesy © Daniele Domenicali

Image Courtesy © Daniele Domenicali

Image Courtesy © Daniele Domenicali

Image Courtesy © Fabrizio Caudana

Image Courtesy © Fabrizio Caudana

Image Courtesy © Fabrizio Caudana

Image Courtesy © Fabrizio Caudana

Image Courtesy © Fabrizio Caudana

Image Courtesy © Fabrizio Caudana

Image Courtesy © Fabrizio Caudana

Image Courtesy © F:L architetti

Image Courtesy © F:L architetti

Image Courtesy © F:L architetti

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