Cascina Otto

Cascina Otto

Architect
studio wok

Offstage
Location
Cossano Belbo, CN, Italy | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Private Houses
© Simone Bossi

Cascina Otto

studio wok as Architects

The farmhouse is located on the road that leads to the top of the hill of S. Bovo, surrounded by vineyards in a rural and suggestive landscape.

photo_credit © Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

The clients, a young couple from Berlin, wished to convert the anonymous existing building into a convivial place to host friends, a place that could also be transformed into an artistic residence or a vacation rental.

photo_credit © Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

The building presents two levels with an "L" structure overlooking a courtyard and it's composed of an older part (north-east / south-west), already divided into pass-through rooms and storage spaces, and a large barn with stable on the ground floor.

photo_credit © Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

The first project operation was to clarify the planimetric system. The barn was kept as an open space and became the heart of the house, hosting the kitchen, the dining and the living area. The typological identity has been preserved thanks to a 15-meters long window, which defines the transition between the inhabited space and the outside landscape and leaves the old brick pillars exposed.

photo_credit © Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

A new balcony, connected to the courtyard via an external staircase, reorganizes the access to the rooms and gives uniformity to the front of the building, also recalling a typical element of the rural architecture of the area.

photo_credit © Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

The material choices follow a language that is both linked to the territory and contemporary at the same time. The plaster, originally present on the facades, has been removed to bring to light the “langa stone” masonry with punctual brick inserts. The other elements and details typical of traditional architecture have also been preserved and enhanced.

photo_credit © Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

The dialogue between the new grafts and the pre-existing elements occurs naturally, creating an almost timeless stratification. The internal floor of the living area, the external walkways and sidewalks, as well as the new top curb that becomes the tympanum, are made of exposed concrete with its texture and color echoing those of the Langa stone.

photo_credit © Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

An infinity pool was built inside the garden and set on the slope for the water to reflect the color of the sky and mirror the view of the surrounding vineyards.

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Team:
Commission
Concept design, developed design, technical design and construction supervision
collaborators: arch. Claudia Begni, arch. Federica Torri
Local technicians : geom. Luca Manzo, Ing. Giorgio Domini
Contractors
building: Offstage, Milano (MI)
carpentry: Rabatto srl, Cerea (VR)
Companies involved
Quadro Rubinetterie - bathroom taps
Progetto Benessere - pool

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