In the enchanting landscape of the Langhe district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2014, architect Fabio Borello has created a charming home by working on two buildings: a nineteenth-century building and a construction built in 1940.
The architect made the most of the stone walls of the older structure and demonstrated respect for the enchanting landscape of the Langhe district, preserving the home’s external appearance while completely overturning its interior layout. Skilful use of a number of elements allows the architect to create a contemporary energy-efficient home. For example, the corten steel staircase set in the stairwell of the nineteenth-century stone building creates a bold decorative effect, underlining proportions and materials. The staircase appears to be detached from the side walls, an effect intentionally created to underline the different nature of this element in terms of both building material and construction date.
The home covers 375 square metres on two levels, plus a 280 sqm basement and a 100 sqm panoramic patio and porch. On the ground floor, the open space living area contains an elevator shaft and a chimney which define the spaces dedicated to different functions: the kitchen, the sitting room and the dining room. On the first floor, where the bedrooms, bathrooms and laundry room are located, the inhabitants can enjoy spectacular views over the Langhe district from the big panoramic patio.
Design: Fabio Borello
Location: Langhe district – Piedmont – Italy
Construction: Impresa Edile ADRIANO Giovanni – Rodello
Ironwork: Marzero sas – Corneliano d’Alba
Chimneys and Stoves: Toppino Camini snc – Alba
Lighting: Ambiente Luce srl – Alba
Window and door frames: Navello Spa – Monchiero
Images courtesy of Navello www.navello.it, photo by Tino Gerbaldo – Bra