Houses of Cards, Italy

義大利 紙牌屋


Houses of Cards by ELASTICOFarm are an inhabited experiment, the outcome of the architect’s exploration of the expressive possibilities of a traditional material, used in an unforeseen way. Deliberately dissonant from the surrounding context, they rise two floors above ground in a residential context, composed of anonymous single-family houses, all respectfully aligned. Houses of Cards are in Torrazza Piemonte, in the province of Turin, in the north-western part of Italy.

ELASTICOFarm 設計的「紙牌屋」是一個有人居住的實驗項目,建築師以意想不到的方式探索傳統材料的表現潛力。他們刻意讓建築與周圍環境呈現不協調的畫面,於住宅區中高出地面兩層,由排列整齊的匿名獨戶住宅組成。這個項目位於義大利北部,都靈省托拉扎皮耶蒙泰鎮。

The two residences both share the same structural solution, developed around an overlapping arrangement of twenty large granite slabs, connected by interlocking cuts and metal elements and composed together with similar slabs, made of colored concrete. Additional partitions, in contrast to the hard structure, are made of wood. A solution that emerges vigorously in the dull urban context, also as a reaction to the monotonous urbanization. The twofold result immediately shows itself as a fragment of a research, as can be read in the clear distinction that exists between one residence and another. If, in fact, the first house is the result of the experimentation of a scheme based on an orthogonal grid, a hypothesis that immediately revealed some structural limits, the parti of the second house relies on a radial matrix, which later turned out to be considerably more performative. The spatial solution, to which the alternating colors contribute, produces a series of consequences that reverberate from the interiors to the definition of the external forms.


Within the game of superimpositions made from large granite slabs, the houses, jokingly called Cat House and Dog House by the designer, give rise to profoundly different spatial configurations. “In the Cat House the regular arrangement of the panels conveys rigor and produces a sense of closure and finiteness of the space; the structural elements appear as fragments inside the rooms, as formal accents capable of playing with light and color. In the Dog House, on the other hand, the radial structure of the first level contrasts with the necessary irregularity in their arrangement on the other two levels, hinting at an unfinished system and spaces that can change and evolve,” said Stefano Pujatti.


“If the granite and concrete structural elements convey a sense of permanence, the wooden partitions let one perceive the possibility that time will lead to their transformation and potential dissolution. The building contains and foresees the image of ruin, the only things that will be able to resist will reveal the essence of the project.”

由大型花崗岩板交疊所形成的遊戲中,這兩棟被設計師戲稱是「貓屋」和「狗屋」的房子呈現截然不同的空間配置。Stefano Pujatti 表示:「從貓屋的角度上來說,面板的排列方式傳達了嚴謹的氣氛,並使空間產生了封閉感和限制性;結構元素在房間內以碎片的形式出現,成為能夠與光和顏色一起融合的莊重腔調。另一方面,以狗屋的層面上來講,第一層的放射狀結構與其他兩層的不規則排列形成鮮明對比,暗示著一個未完成的系統和空間,具有改變和發展的可能性。」


Principal Architects:Stefano Pujatti, Valeria Brero, Serena Nano, Daniele Almondo, Andrea Rosada

Character of Space:Residential

Total Floor Area:200 ㎡ for each of the two houses

Principal Materials:granite and concrete

Location:Torrazza Piemonte, Italy

Photos:Atelier XYZ


Collator:IW Editorial Department


主要建築師:Stefano Pujatti, Valeria Brero, Serena Nano, Daniele Almondo, Andrea Rosada





影像:Atelier XYZ



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