Today’s featured entry to the $99K House Competition comes from Luca Donner and Francesca Sorcinelli of Donner & Sorcinelli Architetti in Silea — near Venice, Italy. It’s called the “Rippling House.”
The idea was to give people a home that could be built cheaply, using simple technologies, suitable for self-construction, and where they can have optimal comfort. These are the issues our studio focuses on: everyday problems. We believe that a good project should not necessarily cost more. You can give convincing answers even with limited budgets, and this project is an example.
The concept of the “rippling house” comes from the idea of two parallel waves, superimposed: a “living wave” and a “green wave.” The first wave can hold within itself all the elements that typify relationships and socialization in the life of a modern family; the other wave can integrate the green with the house. There is a will to harmonize spaces while maintaining a strict hierarchy among the various zones through different levels.
The result is a continuum connecting the dining room, the kitchen and the living room. But, thanks to a movable wooden stair, all these elements are conceived as being in ceaseless movement, in transformation.
The kitchen balances the different levels between the living area and the sleeping area.
Harmonizing with natural elements helps increase the interactivity between spaces: The house’s ventilation exploits the “Thermal Chimney Effect.” The façades have been designed as an airy double skin.
The building technique chosen provides for a steel bearing structure (pillars and beams). The external paneling consists of insulated autoclaved aerated concrete panels, for walls or for floors, covered with stretched mesh steel grating panels (which provide security, and also allows climbing plants to “grasp” onto walls) and grass. The systems can be fixed with a considerable reduction in the assembly time needed and with high heat insulation.
Swamplot is featuring home designs by participants in the 99K House Competition sponsored earlier this year by the Rice Design Alliance and the Houston Chapter of the AIA. You can see all the competition entries Swamplot has featured so far on this page.