The web and its applications have had profound implications for how architecture is represented, as clarified in the book “Architecture on the web. A Critical Approach to Communication” edited by Paolo Schianchi, as well as repercussions for the way we produce architecture.
A recent single-family home in Carpignano Sesia, in the province of Novara, designed by architectural studio VMCF Atelier, is a good example of this.
Architects Valerio Maria Ferrari and Cinzia Mazzone (VMCF Atelier) added to the many elements involved in the design of a residential project by taking into account how the house would look in satellite images on Google Maps and aerial photographs, designing a roof that would make the house a landmark in the area.
The house stands on the edge of the forest, and has a layout offering a contemporary interpretation of a number of compositional elements of the farmyard with an open courtyard typical of the area.
The roof, made of corrugated sheet metal in different colours, picks up on another element of the local landscape, the colour effects created by the alternation of cultivated plots of land and rice fields and reflects the style of temporary roofs constructed to cover chicken houses and storage areas.
Design: VMCF Atelier - Valerio Maria Ferrari
Project team: Cinzia Mazzone, Alessandro Cattaneo, Aldo Buscio, Riccardo Roberto
Location: Carpignano Sesia, Novara
Images ourtesy of VMCF Atelier, photo by Alessandro Belgiojoso, Francesco Clemente