Zafferana Etnea (CT)
A single-family home situated in a plot of great landscapes. The intention of merging the new work into its natural surroundings guided the choice of the lava rock as the only material used for the building creating a camouflage effect with the mountain. The hard and coarse aspect of the stone is softened by the presence of wood used for the large blind shutters of the window frames.
The house is organised on two levels: on the basement floor, there is the garage and a large living room, while the ground floor is the main level of the house, consisting of three bedrooms, toilet facilities and living area. The core of the building is the living room with the central stone fireplace open on both sides. The location of the plot allows all the rooms to communicate with the outdoor space; the casings frame the best angles of the landscape creating optical telescopes that pass through the whole house. The search for horizontality through the wide overhang of the roof, made of raw reinforced concrete and the extension of some walls, allows the creation of protected areas and the effects of light and shadow on the sides of the building.