PROJECT Wiggly House
LOCATION Ponte Lambro (CO), Italy
PHOTO Andrea Martiradonna
Wiggly house is a single-family residential building located in a difficult context 50 km away from Milan in Italy, characterized by multi-storey buildings that surround it. Because of this vicinity, the house tries to protect itself reducing the openings toward the outside to the most, compensating it with big or smaller patios, closed and open, that give light in a more suitable way to the inner spaces.
The cladding reaffirms this principle. The grey Canadian granite covers the entire building to symbolize this idea of protection with the exception of the walls where the volume is subtracted by the grey-plaster made patios.
This way the building tries to open upward: the pitch of the roof folds restlessly in search of the zenithal light in an almost gestural attitude, generating three light stacks, one in the living room, one in the kitchen and one in the “meditation room” at the end. The pitches of the roof alternate with each other, wiggling the sequence of the lines of the roof section, so in the inner spaces it emphasizes the value of the light.
From the typological point of view the project investigates new combinations depending on the change in the family structure and the use of contemporary living spaces that seems to be radically changed in recent years.
As the Italian architect Cesare Cattaneo assumed in “the house for the Christian family”, a growth hypothesis of the building organism, the new paradigms on which the evolution of the families of our times are based, call for a deep reflection on the status of the new housing models.
What is proposed is an ability to survive in subsequent configurations, at least for some key spaces of the house, but also an organism with a spatial structure that is able to grow in the future.
Thus the project is not completely saturated by the volume allowed for the lot but occupies it in the manner of a matrix which leaves voids in the plan and arranges the rooms along a North-South axis, as though waiting to be completed and added to in the future.
FRANCO TAGLIABUE VOLONTÈ AND IDA ORIGGI FOUNDED IFDESIGN IN 2002 AFTER GRADUATING FROM THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE AT THE POLYTECHNIC OF MILAN (WHERE F.T.V. NOW IS PROFESSOR OF ARCHITECTURE). IFDESIGN IS INTERESTED IN RESIDENTIAL, OFFICES, INTERIORS, URBAN PLANNING AND PUBLIC SPACE AND HAS PARTICIPATED IN MANY NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL, OPEN AND RESTRICTED COMPETITIONS.
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