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When two

become one Sitting opposite the Dolomites is a captivating structure with a secret to share Photography Alex Filz

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t’s the motto of magicians from far and wide, ‘nothing is ever as it appears’. And while it is a cliché used to entice overly trusting audiences, it is a statement that certainly rings true for this project in the mountainous area of South Tyrol, Italy. One look at this plot and you see a wooden shingle-clad villa, it intrigues in terms of its shape and contrasting material palette, but seems nothing out of the ordinary. However, a more focused second glance reveals that this structure encompasses two separate, but intertwined, homes. The idea was born from the dream of two brothers who wanted to live separately but remain connected. Thus the villa, which rests across from the Dolomites, is formed of a main stone-walled base which supports two basic volumes, one for each brother. Referencing the traditional building materials and methods of the local area, the stone wall helps to naturally integrate the structure into the surroundings as it blends into the ground, as if it were by magic.

ARCHITECT’S QUESTIONS How were you inspired by the rolling landscape?

The surrounding landscape played a special role in the project and a focal point for inspiration, in particular the stone walls of the nearby quarry.

Internally, the homes are fairly open-plan and unfussy, in this way the exquisite landscape can be truly admired

What are the benefits of using stone such as this to build with?

Stone is a very hardy and withstanding material to work with which in turn provides longevity, durability and perfect weather resistance. In your opinion, what part does glass play in the overall villa design?

Glass plays an important role in opening up the building’s stone walls and staging the surrounding landscape. Above all, what inspired the shape of the innovative structure?

The way that the villa needed to be divided into two housing elements, both belonging to the same building structure. The classic house form encompasses the two homes and families, each in a modern shape combined with traditional materials.

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architecture | case study

architecture | case study

When two

become one Sitting opposite the Dolomites is a captivating structure with a secret to share Photography Alex Filz

I

t’s the motto of magicians from far and wide, ‘nothing is ever as it appears’. And while it is a cliché used to entice overly trusting audiences, it is a statement that certainly rings true for this project in the mountainous area of South Tyrol, Italy. One look at this plot and you see a wooden shingle-clad villa, it intrigues in terms of its shape and contrasting material palette, but seems nothing out of the ordinary. However, a more focused second glance reveals that this structure encompasses two separate, but intertwined, homes. The idea was born from the dream of two brothers who wanted to live separately but remain connected. Thus the villa, which rests across from the Dolomites, is formed of a main stone-walled base which supports two basic volumes, one for each brother. Referencing the traditional building materials and methods of the local area, the stone wall helps to naturally integrate the structure into the surroundings as it blends into the ground, as if it were by magic.

ARCHITECT’S QUESTIONS How were you inspired by the rolling landscape?

The surrounding landscape played a special role in the project and a focal point for inspiration, in particular the stone walls of the nearby quarry.

Internally, the homes are fairly open-plan and unfussy, in this way the exquisite landscape can be truly admired

What are the benefits of using stone such as this to build with?

Stone is a very hardy and withstanding material to work with which in turn provides longevity, durability and perfect weather resistance. In your opinion, what part does glass play in the overall villa design?

Glass plays an important role in opening up the building’s stone walls and staging the surrounding landscape. Above all, what inspired the shape of the innovative structure?

The way that the villa needed to be divided into two housing elements, both belonging to the same building structure. The classic house form encompasses the two homes and families, each in a modern shape combined with traditional materials.

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OWNER’S BRIEF

Two brothers were looking to live on their own while still feeling connected. As such they wanted one villa which would in reality serve the purpose of two.

PROJECT NOTES ARCHITECT & INTERIOR DESIGNER noa* noa.network BUILDER Ramoser GmbH LIGHTING Lichtstudio Eisenkeil KITCHEN Tischlerei Rier DOORS & WINDOWS Intern Element FLOORING Lobis Böden; Nikolaus Bagnara

HOME PROFILE PROPERTY DESCRIPTION This is a single property which acts as two separate homes. A stone wall supports two simple, wooden shingle-clad, pitched roofed spaces, both of which feature open-plan living areas for family life. Conversely, the stonewalled interiors contain the more private rooms of the residences, including the bathrooms and bedrooms. Glazing has been utilised to take full advantage of the stunning location and root the house to the landscape. LOCATION Oberbozen, Ritten, South Tyrol, Italy AREA Apartment A: 235 sq. m; Apartment B: 260 sq. m

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Large glazed openings that form the front façades of the two wooden volumes open the public living spaces up to the mountainous views beyond

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