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In a region of heavy snowfall in Nagaoka, Niigata, Japan, the site is situated in the semi-industrial zone, more specifically, in a residential district in between factories and rice field. An elevated railway for The Jōetsu bullet train nearby as well as a broad road and a river for industrial use characterize slightly larger-scale landscape of the area. In contrast to a large plot of such a landscape, GO-BANG! House is required to be compact for parents and a child.
The design is a complete re-thinking of the buildings surrounding the Regina Pacis Church involving the adaptation of the existing parish rectory, the re-arrangement of the external areas and the construction of a new community centre, intended to house a multi-purpose hall, rooms for teaching Catechism and service areas for parish activities generally.
Client: Parish of Maria Regina della Pace and Diocese of Reggio Emilia e Guastalla
Programme: Reorganization of Regina Pacis Parish House and construction of a new community center, with multi-purpose hall for theatrical and musical events from 150 seats, 9 teaching rooms and a kitchen. The renovation of the parish house includes new rooms for the Oratory, areas for children, locker rooms for sports activities; reorganization of open spaces for sports and seasonal events.
Architect and construction management: Iotti + Pavarani Architetti (Paolo Iotti, Marco Pavarani)
Structure: ing.Sarah Trussardi
Services: ing.Giancarlo Manghi
Contractor: TE.CA (Tecton and CooperativaCattolicaCostruzioni)
The selection of the site for the future dwelling was determined by the proximity to Herastrau Park, which also determined the small size of the lot which is surrounded by undesirable neighboring areas. A direct consequence of these conditions was the vertical development of the spaces (ground floor garage, first floor living quarters, second floor for sleeping area and the third floor for relaxation terrace/ spa to make up for the small and shady yard from the yard level).
The good orientation and the view across the city of San Sebastian make Marichulegui villa a privileged place to live.
The house places, almost instinctively, the main spaces oriented diagonally looking for the sights to the Concha bay which are encased between two neighbour villages. To place the maximum possible number of spaces whit this condition, leads to group, apparently in a disordered way, tightening in the narrow front of the plot, as if they were the heads of a children group that who want to look through a little window at the same time. So, the interior space keeping its fluid and unitary condition, creates various areas where the nearest references disappeared in favour of the far sight.