Fluted concrete walls punctured by stone entrances and window frames characterise this minimal Italian house, which LCA Architetti has completed for an archaeologist in Varese, Italy.
The building is a single-family residence designed specifically for an archaeologist. The volume is a simple parallelepiped with a rectangular base in which other blocks of cubic form, completely covered with stone, have been inserted and fixed.
From a material point of view, the building is reminiscent of the brick textures from old walls and the large cut stones that often interrupted the frame as lintels or cornerstones. In this house, the bricks were replaced with reused fluted concrete block and the stone with marble slabs and travertine blocks.
While contributing to its monolithic aesthetic, these recycled materials were used to reduce the house's carbon footprint.
"Instinctively, if we think of fossils, we can think of some shells set in the rock. In the same way we started to think about this house. More simply, we wanted to donate to our client a house that had in it its soul and its passions for history and archaeology,"