Casa Crotta (former Dalle Crode, Tibolet) is most probably an ancient hunting lodge built in the XVII century by a Venetian noble family – the Crotta’s – and is listed in the catalog of the Regional Institute of Venetian Villas. The house is situated in the hamlet of Arfanta, among the hills of Tarzo (Treviso), and is the first of a series of rural buildings located right along the municipal road.
The building presented only one habitable storey, a raised ground floor. This feature reflected the original intended use of the house: the hunting lodge was only occasionally being used, and for a few hours a day. The poor preservation status required a major intervention to avoid compromising the functionality of the building.
A restoration work has been coupled with the realization of brand new architectural elements. In order to turn the whole lodge into a comfortable living space, a slight but significant redistribution of spaces has been conducted on both the ground floor and the first floor. A recent indelicate accretion has been transformed into the new kitchen, while two bathrooms have been realized, respectively at the ground floor and at the first floor.
All the terracotta and stone materials recovered during the restoration have been cleaned and subsequently reused.
The restoration is due to be concluded in several stages and foresees as well the recovery of a small stone tower adjacent to the building and the redesign of an outdoor pergola used as both garage and storage.
Location: Arfanta, Treviso, Italy
Type: Houses – Residential
Building total area: 300 mq – External total area: 1600 mq ca
Architects: Massimo Galeotti
Collaborator: Elisa Rizzato
Photographs: Francesco Castagna