Casa Quattro designed by LCA Architetti is a sustainable house characterized by extremely simple architecture located in Magnano, Italy.
The property is located in a small town near Milan, the owners are a young couple of computer scientists who have decided to live and work in close contact with nature. The building is located on the edge of the village and overlooks a small wood of acacias.
The center of the house is characterized by a double-height space full of natural light, fully glazed to the north and partially to the south; in order to establish a direct dialogue with the external landscape free from walls that obstruct the view. The unique and wonderful spectacle of the sky, the countryside and the forest are a constant presence in the daily life of the house and of the people who live there.
Nature also guides the choice of building materials: wood for the basic structure, rice straw and cork as insulators; the interior finishes and furnishings are in stone and oak wood. The only decorative "whim" concerns the surface processing of the external insulation in visible cork: the slabs were pantographed in 3D and decorated in an eccentric way - in sharp but deliberate contrast with the poor soul of the house - the naturalness of the material makes the facades of the house alive and vibrant with light.
The building is self-powered thanks to the contributions of passive and active solar energy, eliminating consumption and C02 emissions; the materials used are almost completely natural and can be easily recycled once the building is decommissioned. The will of the designer and the clients was to work on a bio-ecological project, ethically correct, with a simple and natural soul and an almost primitive bare architecture.