Palmi, Reggio Calabria, Italy | 2008
The owner wanted a building that satisfied the latest criteria of ecologically sustainable architecture in a space that would welcome his customers in a comfortable atmosphere during his various meetings. The place is very close to Villa Rèpaci following the country road of La Pietrosa in the council of Palmi through century old Olive groves with spectacular views to the Mediterranean and the beautiful volcanic Aeolian Island archipel.
The first phase of the project set importance to the main aspects which would increase the living comfort while cutting the costs of electricity and energy on the whole. For this reason the project includes installations of actively energy producing utilities, e.g. photovoltaic panels, solar systems etc.
The entire structure of the house will be made of wood. Particular attention was paid to the outside coating of the walls and the roof (covered with greens). Both, roof and walls were coated with thermal wood fibre panels (passive). In order not to interfere too much with the existing surrounding, the owner asked for a rather simple type of house. By all means, the contemporary character of this building had to be clear, and therefore any possibility of presenting a design in vernacular style was obviously excluded. The choice of the compact architecture of the building, the large windows towards the south-west, which allow you to take advantage of passive energy of the sun (in winter), as well as the excellent thermal insulation due to the careful selection of materials, indigenous construction and controlled ventilation, allows this house to be classified as CasaClima A+. It will be built exclusively with materials secured from the ecological point of view and if you wanted to demolish it for instance in a hundred years all the materials may be safely reintroduced into the natural cycle because they are free of pollutants.
The extending garden around the house was designed towards its south-west sides as a continuation of the living room with hardwood floors, ornamental cactus plants and the presence of a water pool (to the south) which will increase cooling in summer.