Located in Manfredonia’s municipality, the “casa SML” project consists in the constructive and functional renovation of a detached, single-family dwelling. Within the boundaries of the so-called “garden city” development, this property features an appurtenant garden and benefits from close vicinity to the town’s sandy beaches and linear pinewood.
Studio Name: Corfone + Partners
Design Team: PH.D. Architect Cesare Corfone, Architect Raffaele Vitale,
Architect Marco Vincenzo Manduzio, Architect Irene Fiore, Architect
Angela Pia Russo, Designer Alessandra Malerba
Area: residential architecture
Year: 2022, under construction
Location: Manfredonia (FG) Italy
Consultants: Engineer Bruno Leone Rinaldi, Engineer Gaetano Spagnuolo,
Engineer Francesco Falcone, Surveyor Francesco Scaringelli
Externally, the renovation design is aimed at increasing the amount of draining surfaces (lawns) and introducing a feature swimming pool at the southern end of the plot. A paved path connects the pedestrian entrance to the house’s front porch. A stone-clad staircase on the southern aspect allows for alternative access from the garden. Rendered sculptural elements have been designed at the front porch to conceal a pair of exisitng pillars and serve as an outdoor seating area next to the garden equipment storage hatches.
The interior renovation project of “casa SML” streams from the main entrance to the ground floor living, consisting of sitting room, TV and dining area. These have a full southerly exposure to the garden which can be accessed through low-profile sliding doors. The wall to the east contains a TV, large window and bespoke, double-aspect crystal chimney to be enjoyed from both the inside and outside. The kitchen is accessed through a sliding glazed unit and also has a separate, external access from the garden’s south-west end. One single and one double bedroom, both en-suite, form the sleeping area. The house’s renovated design is elegant and contemporary, characterized by the warm essences of hardwood.
The upper floor is accessed via the staircase located at the west end of the property, accessed through a sliding door. The staircase’s turret consist of large glazed surfaces on the south-west and north-east elevations, engineered to overhang the masonry walls and enriched with open-view bookshelves to form a unique library for the client, a passionate reader. A structural glass, glazed roof to the staircase allows for continuous, natural lighting of the room below. The upper floor is also dedicated to M&E equipment with a fully photovoltaic greenhouse, two different balconies and a smaller ancillary volume housing technological installations.