Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi

CASCINA OTTO HOUSE

Studio wok

ARCHITECTS
Studio wok

PHOTOGRAPHS
Simone Bossi

CATAGORY
Houses, Restoration

YEAR
2021

MANUFACTURERS
Progetto Benessere, QUADRO

LOCATION
Cossano Belbo, Italy

BUILDER
Offstage

Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi
Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi
Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi

The farmhouse is located on the road that leads to the top of the hill of S. Bovo, surrounded by vineyards in a rural and suggestive landscape.The first project operation was to clarify the planimetric system.

Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi
Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi
Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi

The other elements and details typical of traditional architecture have also been preserved and enhanced.

The barn was kept as an open space and became the heart of the house, hosting the kitchen, the dining, and the living area.

The clients, a young couple from Berlin, wished to convert the anonymous existing building into a convivial place to host friends, a place that could also be transformed into an artistic residence or a vacation rental.

Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi
Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi
Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi
Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi

The building presents two levels with an "L" structure overlooking a courtyard and it's composed of an older part (north-east/south-west), already divided into pass-through rooms and storage spaces, and a large barn with a stable on the ground floor.

The typological identity has been preserved thanks to a 15-meters long window, which defines the transition between the inhabited space and the outside landscape and leaves the old brick pillars exposed.

Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi
Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi
Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi
Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi
Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi
Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi
Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi

A new balcony, connected to the courtyard via an external staircase, reorganizes the access to the rooms and gives uniformity to the front of the building, also recalling a typical element of the rural architecture of the area.

The material choices follow a language that is both linked to the territory and contemporary at the same time.

Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi
Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi
Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi

The plaster, originally present on the facades, has been removed to bring to light the “Langa stone” masonry with punctual brick inserts.

The internal floor of the living area, the external walkways, and sidewalks, as well as the new top curb that becomes the tympanum, are made of exposed concrete with its texture and color echoing those of the Langa stone.

The dialogue between the new grafts and the pre-existing elements occurs naturally, creating an almost timeless stratification.An infinity pool was built inside the garden and set on the slope for the water to reflect the color of the sky and mirror the view of the surrounding vineyards.

Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi
Cascina Otto House
© Simone Bossi


Cascina Otto House
Floor plan
Cascina Otto House
Roof plan


Cascina Otto House
Elevations
Cascina Otto House
Elevations

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