The project regards the restoration of a rural building , a small stable of 25 square meters, built in the second half of the Nineteenth century on the pristine wooded slopes of Rocca di Cave, a small village halfway between Rome and Frosinone. The building , situated along the shoulder of the mountain at about 800 m above sea level, is part of a larger property consisting of a series of abandoned and reduced to ruins buildings, that includes a church of the sixteenth century and a Franciscan monastery dating from the seventeenth century.
Due to the special nature of the site , the project , as well as respond to the main function of an accommodation, is an opportunity to explore the different possibilities of the relationship between architecture and landscape, between nature and anthropized space. While outside the original volume is returned through small measures designed to regularize the form and through the repositioning of stones in front in continuity with those of the existing masonry, inside you wanted to build a space able to place itself in a harmonious relationship with the surrounding environment through the use of contemporary materials and methods capable of assuming the identity features of the site, in a dialogue between modernity and tradition.
From the point of view of the spatial distribution, the house is on one level. The service areas such as the bathroom and the kitchen are deployed within the “cavity “ located along the perimeters of the building shell. If on the one hand , this operation allows to decompress the central space suggesting the accomodation of the living area, on the other hand allows you to increase considerably , although only on a visual level, the thickness of the outer walls. When the wall is opened at a door or a window, the expressiveness of the building is achieved through the demonstration of the depth and massiveness of the elements. Not to the plane wall, but to the three-dimensionality of the elements and to the tension of the relationship between the full and the empty, that has to refer virtually to the continuity of the wall, is entrusted the representation of the character of the building.
The materials used , contemporary but not compounds, non-industrial, are beaten concrete, raw oak wood and fir wood treated with tar. Concrete is made in stages every day, everything is planned before casting, switches, drains, door frames and window frames anchorages.The old fir beams in the ceiling are enhanced by dark oak plank behind treated with tar. The materials have a rough appearance , but they are prepared and used with extreme precision, accuracy and craftsmanship.