The owners, a couple with five children, wanted a house with separate rooms for the children and other spaces where the whole family could share some activities.
Studio Name: stipa+architects
Design Team: Andrea Stipa, with Paolo Marcoaldi
Location: Manciano, (GR) Tuscany
Consultants: Leonardo Arezzini – structures
Photography Credits: Gianluca Mosti, Andrea Stipa
The central patio separates the house into two distinct and partially autonomous nucleus, one for the children and one for the parents. The patio, with the adjacent double-height space occupied by the iron and wooden staircase, is the meeting place for the whole family. The transparency and the study of shading make this central space an element in contact with the surrounding nature, allowing to heat and illuminate the house during winter time.
The general layout of the house, with the use of the double pitched roof and a simple and compact shape, follows the typological characteristics of the local construction tradition, while the large windows and the conformation of some interior spaces are related to the tradition of the agricultural industry typical of the countryside around Manciano.
The two themes create a traditional architecture in the forms and materials, yet contemporary for the construction technologies, for the use of the interior space and for the relationship with the landscape.