Description of the project:
“The beauty of being an architect is that you can walk in your dreams”, this stated the architect Harold Wagoner around the middle of the last century. The project of the NZEB house in S. Stefano in Monopoli was born precisely from desire of the designers, husband and wife, to create a place full of meanings, of light, of surfaces and pure volumes that it encloses as one casket their lives and that of their children. The particular ecological sensitivity of the architects has generated a highly innovative project which, while appearing contemporary in design, takes in itself many techniques and tricks taken from tradition to do in in order to have a fuel efficient enclosure for the heating and cooling. From this perspective, the differences in the building elevations should be seen, with small openings to the north and large to the south, but always shielded by special projections or pergolas designed specifically to allow the entry of sunlight into winter (when the sun is lower on the horizon) but not in summer. The roof on the first floor has a single pitch, inclined to the south in order to host 6.6 kw of photovoltaic panels with the best possible exposure and two solar thermal panels for the production of domestic hot water. Heating, cooling and hot water production are entrusted to a single electric heat pump that works properly for three months a year free thanks to the energy of the sun. The gas was not wanted, so even the kitchen hob uses clean energy, being induction. The design of the entire house develops all around a small cloister with access from the basement, which is oriented towards the breeze summer, therefore it generates a movement of fresh air which, recalled by the plane basement, it cools the upper floors in the summer, with windows overlooking that space and to the north. The exterior surfaces are all light with shades of white, including the terraces and the sloping roof tiles, in such a way as to reduce the summer heating due to radiation. The infill walls were made with blocks of insulating eco brick poroton type with vertical holes 30 cm thick and 10 cm of coat Isover Clima exterior by Saint Gobain, made of recycled fiberglass 80% and low VOC emissions.
A breathable siloxane coating, the Webercote Siloxcover R by Weber, was used as an external finish for the walls.
The windows are triple Oknoplast PVC glass, installed on Edilcass made up supports from monobloc thermal insulating shoulders (jambs and box) in material insulating. The green architecture solutions used, combined with materials and systems just listed, have ensured that the single-family house built in c. from S. Stefano to Monopoli are among the few NZEB houses built in Italy; acronym for Nearly Zero Energy Building, this term is used for define a building whose energy consumption is almost zero.
NZEBs, therefore, are very high performance buildings that reduce
consumption for their operation and the harmful impact as much as possible
on the environment.
Finally the house got, in the level assessment tool
environmental sustainability ITACA Puglia, an excellent score, which allowed for
obtain from the Municipality of Monopoli a discount on the construction contribution and a
volumetric bonus equal to 10%.
This project was selected by Saint-Gobain Italia among the best Italian projects that participate, every two years, in the Italian selections of the International Trophy Saint-Gobain Gyproc, a prestigious competition in which the most important interventions carried out all over the world take part. with the innovative Saint-Gobain Gyproc solutions. The NZEB house designed and built in Monopoli has recently been online on the architectural reference site www.sg-gallerylive.it.
There are buildings steeped in history, charm and mystery, you can see it from the first look and this farmhouse whose history we have helped to rewrite is between these. The farmhouse object of intervention in 2016 has an important history behind it, an ancient watchtower already in medieval times, it dominates the plain of secular olive trees looking at the eyes the city of Monopoli and its sea, almost to the coast Greek, the second "patrria" for the client, true lover of Greece and its myths. The farmhouse, before our intervention, presented a series of superfetations, extensions and works that distorted and obscured the charm. The project drawn up for its renovation aimed above all exaltation of the intrinsic peculiarities of the historic building, putting a bare the beautiful stone with which the oldest part was built, both for the internal vaults and for the facades. These last received a water repellent treatment to ward off the risk of rainwater infiltration and were embellished both by crowning battlements (already existing only on one facade) and brilliant blue shutters, to underline once again the close link between the client and Greece. Yes gas is renounced throughout the building, so it is entrusted to energy electric and the radiant floor air conditioning system with pump heat than the kitchen fires, all induction. IS' a sort of hierarchy in the distribution of interiors has been respected, placing the sleeping area in the oldest part in stone and the living area in the part of expansion, also because the latter presented the possibility to accommodate much larger and more airy environments. The outdoor spaces have been deliberately left rustic, with gravel to constitute the draining flooring of the squares, a kitchen equipped with a table in reconstructed stone under a canopy covered gazebo and a solarium area facing south inscribed inside a planter / citrus grove. There swimming pool, already existing, has been repaved in the solarium area and enriched with fixed benches covered in Vietri majolica. The image final obtained is deliberately bucolic, almost an exaltation of life rural, simple and quiet, which embodies the "rebirth" of the Casale, which proudly stands out over the first high ground beyond Greece.
This renovation was designed and built in 2016 and is related to a apartment located on the first floor of a period noble building in full swing city center. As always, at the base of the design were fixed the needs and desires of clients, i.e. a family of two professionals and two children, where each would have enjoyed their autonomy and privacy. The large area of the property has in fact allowed the construction of 4 bedrooms, each with its own walk-in closet and private bathroom. At the entrance to the apartment was created a custom built-in wardrobe that acts as both a wardrobe and a container to electronic equipment for home automation service. From here yes accesses the elegant living room, the real heart of the house both symbolically and fruity, which has an important frescoed vault; this, together with all the other stone vaults present in the various rooms, was expertly highlighted by continuous LED perimeter lights, inserted inside of plaster frames made to design and inserted in the tax. Crossing the dining area with angular exposure, therefore very bright, leads to the kitchen, with a minimal and clean style, which fits into classic environments with elegance, but at the same time enhancing the functionality of the work area, entirely obtained on a central island, where the shelf is also inserted snack with stools.
Close to the conversation area of the living room is the study, the guest bathroom, the laundry room and access to the large terrace. The latter has been equipped for life in the air open thanks to a canopy, a technical compartment incorporated in its structure e brise soleil with a slatted effect, which thanks also to the climbing green, guarantee privacy. These structures were also made by local artisans on special design and are presented in wood with white water-repellent treatment. Throughout the sleeping area were designed and made the false ceilings, they want reinterpreting the ancient coffered in a contemporary way and that yes blend with the other rooms of the house; these elements also have the practical function of housing the lighting and containment for the heat dispersion. The floor of the whole house is in pre-finished parquet with floating installation, while the system of winter / summer air conditioning is radiant floor (low inertia thermal) with electric heat pump; these measures allow, in addition to a great saving in terms of consumption and energy independence compared to gas (even the cookers are induction, therefore electric), the physiological diffusion of heat, managing to heat effectively even environments with vaults over 5 meters high. Ultimately, the feeling you get upon entering houses like this are of absolute well-being: visual well-being thanks to the palettes of neutral colors used and wisely combined with each other, thermo / hygrometric well-being thanks to the plant solutions adopted, tactile / perceptive well-being for the beauty and instinctive serenity that only a wooden floor can give.
APARTMENT RENOVATION FOR OFFICE USE
We want to present you a project of renovation of 2010 particularly dear to us for the warm atmosphere that we managed to create; we tell you in a few lines: Every the renovation project we have undertaken is always based on 2 cornerstones, or: 1- The client's needs - because we firmly believe that it is not enough create a "beautiful" work to make a good architecture, but it is more important to fully satisfy the needs of those who will live there, however guarantee him a "better" life. 2- The peculiarities of the property / site - to be able to bring out the most possible the distinctive characteristics of the asset and thus obtain a unique work in its kind, not replicable, perhaps transforming weaknesses into points of strength and focusing on solutions, not problems. This restructuring was carried out to obtain, inside a apartment used until then as a residence, in a private office. Despite the impositions given by the load-bearing masonry structure, we were able to give wide adaptability to the use of spaces and environments, creating a small waiting room at the entrance with guest bathroom, two study rooms well lit and ventilated, a meeting room with double glass doors (also accessible directly from the waiting room), built-in kitchen and bathroom of the staff. IS' The lower rib vaults, illuminated by appliques, have been given ample prominence custom designed with indirect light that is harmoniously reflected and diffused from them in all environments. The floor is in pre-finished parquet, laid on the pre-existing flooring in stoneware to optimize costs. The The final result therefore convinced the client, looking for a property who put his customers at ease in an intimate and pleasant environment, with an almost muffled and suspended atmosphere.