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

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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.

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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.

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©Corfone + Partners

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.


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