In its various forms to live in a private house can express the desire to get back to a lost dimension.

  • Project Name: La casa nell’orto – house in the orchard
  • Architecture Firm: LDA.iMdA architetti associati
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  • Contact Email: [email protected]
  • Completion Year: 2019
  • Floor Area: 84 mq
  • Project Location: San Miniato, Pisa, Italy
  • Photographer MEDULLA studio


  • Clients: Private


  • brands and/or products:
  • Cardelli Bros – main contractor
  • Mapei and Polyglass – Facade cladding – Mapeplan
  • Italpannelli – wall and roof panels – polyurethane panels
  • Simonin – floor and slab – Sapisol
  • Edra Mazzei – sofa – standard
  • Mercurio-s17s71 – painting – sevent bats
  • Soudal – glue – sodatherm plus
  • Aluk grouf – windows – SL50
  • Palazzetti – fire place – Ecopalex 88
  1. Daikin – air conditioner system
  • Ernesto Meda – kitchen
Casa nell'orto house in the orchard By LDA.iMdA architetti associati - Sheet3
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In this project, shape is not context, is not reinterpretation of tradition and not even search for lost figurative relationships.

Casa nell'orto house in the orchard By LDA.iMdA architetti associati - Sheet6
©MEDULLA studio

We want to fix the aspiration of a client’s hobby:  to cultivate a vegetable garden, and we made it with a pure external form. This form owes its origin from the ancestral child’s drawing of a house. The aim precedes the practice to put contemporary architecture in fragile territorial context in order to reactivate new potential relationships.

Casa nell'orto house in the orchard By LDA.iMdA architetti associati - Sheet10
©MEDULLA studio

This statement of “la casa nell’orto” project contains all the energies that the clients put into this realization,  with particular regards to innovative choices:

  1. the external coating (covering wall continuity) was made applying an ecological polyolefin sheet with high solar reflectance;
  2. the extremely poor structural technology usually used for greenhouses here adapted for the home;
  3. the internal floor covering is made by using anti-infiltration water resistance protective prodcts on the prefabricated wood self-supporting panels (larch wood – polystirene – fir wood);
  4. the modular structure created by partializing the larger project (first project included interior space to be used as a winter garden or a greenhouse);
  5. to lift up the whole floor reducing the impact on the landscape, solving at the same time hydraulic problems;
  6. hosting events such as StudiAperti 2019.


This project is part of the research we are investigating for: how the figurative synthesis of an architecture is often recurrent in the architect’s work, and how it can be an important element of investigation in finding answers or models for a contemporary fluid and dynamic society.


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