"The idea was to construct a building with an 'inverse' guideline. Instead of being oriented towards the city, looking outward from the hill; the house is completely turned towards the hill", says Giovanni Vaccarini, designer of the C+V house.
Project Name: C+V house
Client: Francesco Capece, Venanzi Ilenia
Project Type: single house
Principal Designer/s: Giovanni Vaccarini
Contractor/s: Di Ferdinando Michele
Date of commencement of project: 2004
Date of completion of project: 2005
Location of site: Teramo, Italy
Site Area: 450 sq. m
Built-up Area: 280 sq. m
Cost of Construction/Execution: 300,000 Euro
Words from the designer
"House Capece-Venanzi, is a suburban house for a young couple.
Situated in the diffuse Conurbazione of the Adriatic coast, between Ascoli and Pescara, the house is built on an "intermediate" area -- between the plain and a hill. An area that was thitherto seen as being a place unworthy of being built upon."
"Located in the midst of intertwined single-family houses on two levels and a hill, the site is tight, and green -- covered in natural or 'spontaneous' vegetation.
The idea was to construct a building with an 'inverse' guideline.
Instead of being oriented towards the city, looking outward from the hill; the house is completely turned towards the hill -- the hill that acts as a rising 'green sea' on which the house shows itself."
"The planning of the house can be defined across three levels:
- The lowest level is underground. An inner patio acts as the central element around which the spaces are organized; creating an interaction between the buried spaces, roof-garden area, and the suspended volume of the upper level (the ground level).
- The ground floor is the part of the building that holds all levels together. Acting as the border between the uncovered-roof-garden and the covered-day-area, metal (vetrata wall) and glulam surfaces wrap around the spaces; connecting the ground level with the upper one.
The first floor consists of various rooms and private spaces typical of a house (bath/sauna, study etc.)"
"The volumes of the house are metaphors - to the pieces in a game of tetris, albeit at a much larger scale.
The base is covered in stone, juxtaposed with the volume covered in white plaster; the base 'is cut' on the forehead in the west, by a vetrata wall, all the way upto its height; while the overlapping volume is intersected by a wedge of the free shaped circular hall."