Casa CS, Varese, Lombardia property Northern Italy, Italian residential building project, Architecture images

Casa CS in Varese, Northern Italy

13 Nov 2023

Architecture: Studio Duearchitetti

Location: Varese, Lombardia, Northern Italy

Casa CS, Varese, Northern Italy

Photos by Simone Bossi

Casa CS, Italy

The house is located in a scenically privileged position, high on a hillside in a residential settlement in which a small church also is a part.

The dominant view and an excellent south-west exposure are a tangible presence in every space of the house.
We have been working on a project maintaining the originally thought out architectural concept including two levels in order to adapt the design to the steep slope of the ground. The lower level presents a longitudinal and hypogean development integrated in the hillside as a natural stone terrace. Here you will find bedrooms, studio and fitness zone.

Casa CS, Varese, Northern Italy

Centralness and individuality characterize, on the contrary, the upper level of the living area that, as a rock is resting on the structure and thus remains fixed, has become the principal entrance from the high-positioned street. On this level the outdoor spaces take a longitudinal trend; towards north the pool is going out from the section of the stone wall, on the opposite side a large terrace opens itself on the top of the garage.

The project challenge, which we have felt important from the beginning, has been how to succeed in managing, in the inside of the house, all of the outside nature, the many types of sky with different and strong weather conditions, without conflicting emotions.

Observation and protection have become the objectives of the project.

Casa CS, Varese, Northern Italy

The will to involve all the outside beauty is coexisting with the opposite approach to create intimacy and concentration inside the house.

On one side you have large glass surfaces which as a segmented diaphragm opens the house to the scenic nature, on the other side wooden wings and functional elements that are carrying us into the organism of the house, tracing flowing and continuous passages along the glass surfaces for then to enter the semi-darkness of the inner spaces.

Casa CS, Varese, Northern Italy

The definition of the organism has also taken shape from the comprehension of the dynamics of two persons’ common life with different rhythms and characters: identify and understand each person’s liberty, the areas to divide and those to protect.

This is transferred into a flowing, continuous space without interruptions. The borders are not defined, the spaces are changing following the rhythmic moments of the day. Big full-height sliding panels are modelling ideal rooms, creating fissures for company, light and curiosity like a dynamic play. We didn’t want it to be necessary to “close a door” in order to isolate a room.

A further control of the project has been the attention to the dynamics of the natural borders of light and shadow which are drawn on the floor at the different moments of the day. The concrete floor of the upper level emphasises and highlights the contrast between light and darkness; the borders in the afternoon seem sharp and precise. On the contrary, the wooden floor of the lower level absorbs and mitigates the differences; the shadow tones are softer, the atmosphere more relaxing.

Casa CS, Varese, Northern Italy

Outside near the windows of the living room the pool water is reflecting the variability of the sky. Inside, within a short distance, the fire of a brazier placed on the floor creates heat and gives company in the cold winter days.

Casa CS, Varese, Northern Italy – Property Information

Architecture: Studio Duearchitetti-

Project size: 500 m2
Site size: 2000 m2
Completion date: 2016
Building levels: 2

Casa CS, Varese, Northern Italy

Photographs: Simone Bossi

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Location: Varese, Northern Italy

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