studio arckeo architetti & associati | House 6
Notes taken from Fausto Ferrara’s sketchbook:
“.. Six identical houses with a range of fundamental differences; differences that are due to the sensory experiences that they offer to the inhabitant, with different tracts of lighting, although their layouts might make them seem quite similar in appearance.
Working amongst fills, voids and interstitial spaces, six courtyards of identical dimensions were created within the houses. It was decided that the courtyards and houses should open up onto the valley to the south. Between each courtyard and house there is a void: an open area that’s intended as a living space; each void separates the houses from one another, rendering them independent. The six homes, in fact, have the appearance of being typical San Martino al Cimino townhouses.
But they are, in fact, independent houses, each of which differs from the next in terms of exposure to wind and light. We chose to fan them out on a 5° north-south rotation that coincides with the north wall, which acts as a veritable screen or divider. Once again, it was our intention to obtain various “worlds within the world”; spaces that are secluded from the surrounding environment. The only openings that have been included are introverted and overlook the courtyards and the valley to the south, which is dominated by a magnificent natural slope. The orography of the terrain has allowed the houses to be constructed in such a way so that they follow the same incline of the slope itself;studio arckeo architetti & associati | Fausto Ferrara
Project director: Valeria Agliolo Quartalaro
Project completion time: 2005