The casa AM project rethinks the volume of a former disused slaughterhouse, located within the compact fabric of the city, to modify the space for the construction of a single-family building that preserves its formal character by reinterpreting its material characteristics through a principle of abstraction. The intervention interprets the conditions of the context, re-interpreting measurements, volumes, cavities and built spaces, defining itself as a connotative element that can communicate with the surrounding urban space. The project works on the existing building like a palimpsest, selecting the elements of permanence and those of variation. The architecture consists of two volumes on the ground floor separated by the common access courtyard, onto which the main volume is engrafted that recuperates the pre-existing building-bridge reconnected through a diaphragm and a terrace space to a second stereometric volume that reassembles the brick wall by reinterpreting its heights, alignments and compositional measurements.
Access to the building is on the ground floor from one of the two buildings. From the covered open space under the bridge-building, you enter a double-height entrance space that emphasizes the access space by constructing a double visual relationship, on one side with the inner courtyard, and on the other with the cavity above that allows light to permeate from the upper floor and allows you to grasp the stereometry of the roof of the upper volume. The building is defined by a cadence of openings that reinterprets the existing openings, building an orderly rhythm of the fronts through the construction of a constant rule of full and empty spaces where the only exception and variation is the large opening of the secondary volume, which opens out onto the terrace and builds a visual and spatial continuity between the inside and the outside. A central spine characterised by cupboards and utility spaces creates an inhabited thickness that structures the main body of the first floor, a spatial framework between the various rooms of the sleeping area.
From a material point of view, the project is characterised by the use of a façade finish made of beige-coloured bush-hammered cement plaster that reinterprets the local culture of materials in a contemporary key. The pitched roofs of the volumes reconnect with the surrounding existing buildings, thus preserving their formal connotative characters.
Volume: 600 m3
Surface: 200 m2
Project year: 2019-2020
Architectural project: FORM_A
Design team: Andrea Fradegrada, Sandra Maglio with Ludovica Bachmann
Consultants: ZH srl, Geolambda Engineering S.r.l., Studio associato MPM