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Private residence by Archiplan

Private residence by Archiplan

Nothing but a four metre-high door penetrates the plain facade of this house in northern Italy.

Private residence by Archiplan

The single-storey residence, completed by Italian architects Archiplan back in 2007, is located in a small village in the Po Valley.

Private residence by Archiplan

Rooms of the house wrap around a central courtyard, where glass walls offer direct views across from the living room to a bedroom and bathroom.

Private residence by Archiplan

Sliding glass doors open this living room and kitchen out to a decked terrace, which extends across a narrow channel of pebbles that surrounds the building.

Private residence by Archiplan

Other popular Italian houses featured on Dezeen include one with a wooden roof terrace and another in a converted tannery - see more projects in Italy here.

Private residence by Archiplan

Photography is by Federica Bottoli and Marianna Mele.

Private residence by Archiplan

Here are some more details from the architects:


Private residence, Sarginesco (MN)
2007/2005 completion/design project

The site is located at a point between the square and the church of a small village in the Po Valley.

Private residence by Archiplan

The new building develops around a small inner courtyard. The front facing the street has no openings apart from the main entrance. Four metres high, it underlines the idea of the threshold conceived as an element of transit and delimitation that separates an outer world, without rules or qualities, from a controlled artificial one.

Private residence by Archiplan

The walls of the building have no domestic openings, establishing a selective relationship with the surroundings and providing a visual rapport with the only side with vegetation, to the east of the building, and with the inner courtyard.