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 FD in Madesimo, Italy by Enrico Scaramellini Architetto
January 28th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Enrico Scaramellini Architetto
It often happens that building can be a time-consuming activity, and it can last more than we expected. During this time, the building is an object under construction without its inhabitants, and it has a partial volume and shape. At high altitudes, where building times are reduced due to seasons, they are often extended and there are long pauses between the different phases. It is indeed during these pauses that the building starts to make contact with the landscape, in a “state of suspension”.
The landscape accommodates the building as a lifeless object, to be contemplated. It needs to establish a worthwhile relationship with the landscape, so that it can be taken over. We can work with the project on the different phases and on its physical realization. Building House FD will last a long time, but in this intermediate phase it determines the landscape and it builds a relationship with it. Even if it is not inhabited yet, it is already part of the landscape.
The house has a polygonal blueprint, it is oriented at external items and it changes whenever you change your point of view. House FD changes its dimensions, it gets thinner, it gets broader, it changes its layout. The plastered cornices show and hide.
The white cornices, slightly inclined, lighten up the stone cornice that can shape new layouts. Starting from this “state of suspension”, when the building is still unfinished, we have worked on the pictures by filling the empty spaces with dark images, where you can sense the landscape from the inside.
That’s an overlapping game that can tell us what the final product will be like. A temporary “completing exercise” that is the end of a phase and the beginning of a waiting time. Two materials were employed in the project: some white chalkstones, from the Andossi grazing lands, were used for the white cornices and some grey stones from the original ruins, with their different shades and lichen, which have become once again the walls.
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