UDAD Awards 2019

Honorable Mention- Casa Di Confine | Simone Subissati Architects

The long and compact body, that allows the simultaneous vision of the two sides of the ridge from any environment, symbolizes the border, the threshold to cross, emerging as the main theme of the projectual research.


Honorable Mention- Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards 2019
Firm | Simone Subissati Architects
Category | Residential Single Family
Team | Arch. Simone Subissati, Arch. Alice Cerigioni
Country | Italy

A concept that is develop in a different way in the ground floor (day) and the 1st floor (night). The project borrows, from the traditional rural home in Le Marche region, the compactness and the longitudinal development of the building with residential space in a row.

The ground floor is a cut block, covered in varnished iron with anti rust primer.

The first floor, as though suspended, is composed by a more closed and intimate section and by an hybrid, inner and external space, surround  by a perforated membrane. The two levels have different connections with the external space. On the ground floor the cyclic theory of the vertical cut allows visual and physical permeability.

The body of the building can be crossed in more than one position: the patio entrance, the living and bathroom/ spa.  In the closed block of the first floor, an unusual window, with kaleidoscopic viewfinders  head towards the landscape, giving the possibility to look out at the two counterposed slopes from the same position. The relation with the exterior changes by moving close to them, allowing the entrance of the amplified surrounding panorama.   The emptiness that springs in the dialectical scheme internal-external of the project, bounded by walls (from the open space of the patio and the outside catwalk, to the more intimate area of the bedrooms, arriving to the area filtered from curtains on the first floor)   is important to break up what unusually tends to occupy in a stable and immobilizing way.

The house is located on the outskirts of the urban space, where fields grow; the permeability of the soil is left to its maximum, with the grass that touches the perimeter of the house and with the minimum surface of outdoor paving that is detached, isolated from the house. There is no fence to demarcates the private property. A swathe of grass surrounds ideally the house in the field (cultivated in rotation with grain, barley, sunflower) expanding it. The attempt is to break the border, without following the protocol for which the private housing space is split up from farm work.

Regarding the interior and the furniture (all customized designed) the purpose was to avoid the contemporary language made of bright, luxury labels and design of contemporary fashion. Searching for an authenticity, like an “inherited” space, to pass down itself as witness, imagining it almost as though temporary (nomad, camping); a light space, flexible, like pre-existing, that suddenly we can take back, no finery and no luxury which belongs to home of the farming tradition. The furniture is in white painted ash wood or in blockboard pinewood panels (only for the doors). Countertops, tables, sinks and basin are designed in cement and quartz.