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House K2: interpreting architecture

A project that leverages specially developed elements based around the South Tyrolean tradition

monovolume architecture + design

House K2: interpreting architecture
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Known for its mountain landscape, boundless views, meadows, woods, rolling hills dotted with small villages, rows of vineyards, and the Dolomite peaks in the background, the Renon Plateau is a pearl of the South Tyrol area. In Soprabolzano, a small village in the Municipality of Renon, the monovolume architecture + design studio restyled a traditional building, interpreting the vernacular architecture of the place through a contemporary lens.

With four aboveground levels located near slightly sloping land to the north, the house is oriented towards the south. Its monumental roof has dormer windows off the attic and covers the volumes below as if in a warm, safe embrace. The artificial lighting, specifically designed to highlight the lines and surfaces of the roof, enhances its monumental appearance after dark.

The stucco finish on the first three levels and the wood siding at attic level are typical features of traditional local architecture, but have been mixed with contemporary elements. On this carefully calibrated neutral background, certain architectural additions stand out. The extremely essential external staircase is a good example, forming a line that winds its way up to the upper floors inside a semi-transparent volume created by wooden slats. An architectural gesture with a strong impact, the staircase is the featured element of the exterior.

Inside, the rooms have been designed around a monumental U-shaped free-standing staircase, the featured element of the interior design. Its steel balustrades and wooden treads give it enormous character, setting the scene of the rooms with its unique design.

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Coziness, peace, and warm interiors

Casa K2, monovolume architecture + design ©Giovanni De Sandre, courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

Like the exteriors, the interiors use traditional materials – wood in particular – to define their spaces.

With a lighter, more subdued color palette – the walls in white plaster, the furnishings and surfaces in light raw wood, and the furnishing fabrics in pastel tones – the interiors have a peaceful, intimate atmosphere, contrasting with the more decisive character of the exterior. The mountains that surround the home are seen as large paintings through the windows, constituting an integral element of the interior.

Finally, custom-made furnishings highlight the architectural and construction elements of the house, such as the bookcase created with the same texture as the roof beams in the attic, and the multifunctional wall unit in the ground-level living area, which incorporates a majolica fireplace, a reference to local traditions and the heart of this mountain house.


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Location: Soprabolzano, Italy
Architects: monovolume architecture + design
Client: Private
Area: 245 m2
Completion: 2021
Main contractor: Rittnerbau GmbH
Consultant: Eurolicht
Photography by Giovanni De Sandre, courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

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