Year: 2012

client: private

status: completed


The property in which is located the artifact is located in an agricultural area along one of the lines of communication that combines Pagnano with Castelcucco . In particular, it is placed on the flat top of a small ridge defined by two incisions valive oriented north-south direction . In the first, toward the east, lies the road which is therefore the natural way of communication between the community of the village of Asolo with those of the center of Castelcucco . The second is characterized by a more diverse and irregular morphology , is occupied by a band of woodland formed by tall trees and thick undergrowth, which makes it an effective biological corridor in a heavily populated agricultural environmental matrix such as that characterizes the landscape dell'Asolano and , specifically , the town of Castelcucco .
In particular, the home of the client, which lies on the plateau of this ridge , it comes with a small plot of land used exclusively as a garden. It is a fenced portion along the edge where there is a high hedge around 1.80 m consists of numerous plants of Cherry laurel (Prunus Laurocerasus ) , an evergreen shrub belonging to the family Rosaceae.
In the space of relevance are some paths , driveways and walkways, the functional connection of the house with the town main street , there are also large areas of lawn with fruit trees and ornamental non-native origin .
The client has decided to build a small building, character accessory , to be used mainly as a greenhouse cold winter to accommodate different individuals of the species belonging to the genus Citrus . E ' was built , with plan dimensions of 9x7m , 18 meters from the main building to the south side of the property to meet with some limitations, including the respect of secondments from the confines and constraints of building rights in relation to the seat road to the north -east of the main building .
In addition to the limitations highlighted above , the choice of venue located in the south -west of the fund must maintain the function of the new building . In fact, the cold greenhouse , better known as orangery , is realized in a closed masonry and equipped with large windows that allow the capture of solar radiation heating the volume of air contained in the greenhouse and maintain an internal temperature greater than that detectable outside.
Despite the French name , due to the fame that reached between the seventeenth and the eighteenth century in France and just copied them from the rest of the continent , this type of construction has in reality Venetian origins . In fact, one of the first examples detectable in Padua was built in 1545 to accommodate inside ornamental plants of tropical origin that they need special care to survive the winter . Later, the idea was exported to England and France , where he was converted to the cultivation of Mediterranean species , in particular citrus fruits.
With the Napoleonic invasion of Venetian territories was reintroduced by the French rulers cold greenhouse for the cultivation of citrus fruits and was particularly successful among the noble classes and the bourgeoisie who endowed their villas of this news coming from beyond the Alps. Famous are the orangery which can be enjoyed between the Venetian Villas along the Brenta Riviera .Going into detail , the front is oriented along the east-west axis in order to allow as much solar gain . E ' built with traditional construction techniques , cover with exposed wooden beams and the coating consists of terracotta roof tiles . In addition , the outer surfaces are plastered while the remaining part is highlighted in the masonry stone elements . The large windows on the south side affecting healthy swabbed with dark wood . Within the same volume were derived some spaces used as a tool shed , functional to the main purpose for which it was designed this small building .
As we said , the building is not built in compliance for reasons of practicality and functionality , without creating problems to the main building as the collision or obstruction of the openings. It is thus sought to bring out clearly the hierarchical relationship between the two parties and , at the same time the bond that unites the house with its orangery in order to obtain a single image that identifies the settlement as a ' unique action in the territory and not as chaotic combination of parts occurred in distinct times .
One interesting point is provided by the orientation of the dwelling itself , typical of rural buildings that hark back to the local tradition . Indeed , also in this case the building is arranged in such a way as to maximize the solar radiation in the winter period . The openings along the sides more favorable are large and arranged in a more dense than is the case in the north -east side .
With the same criterion was built orangery , the functional aspect which is the basis of the choices in arranging the buildings results in a formal identity between the parties.
It is apparent , given the size , clear hierarchy between the two elements , where the house takes on the starring role and the cold greenhouse becomes an offshoot , a flap generated by the main body. The house in fact seems to suggest the generative principles that govern the space and the other elements of the court or paths, plantings , greenhouse ..
It is therefore , unlike the trees of the garden, an insertion alien to the surrounding landscape , but instead draws from the morphology of the landscape and the relationship with the weather its founding principles .
In addition, the flat nature of the top of the small hill on which stands the settlement emphasizes the hierarchical relationship between the parties and the house stands out as the object actually more important and visible even at a distance.