All material in nature, the mountains and the streams and the air and we, are made of light which has been spent, and this crumpled mass called material casts a shadow, and the shadow belongs to Light
Louis I. Kahn
Situated among the gently rolling hills of Bedonia near Parma, Italy, the house occupies an isolated belvedere overlooking the surrounding landscape. The shape of the building makes the most of its sloping site and panoramic position, heightening the effect with a single pitch roof and an open circular court plan.
The 280 sqm (3000 sqft) area is divided between two levels. The lower floor comprises a living area with dining room and kitchen, plus two bathrooms and two bedrooms. At the second level lie two bedrooms, one bathroom, a living room and a library. The rooms are organized around a slightly elliptical space. The irregular windows have stone thresholds while the frames are made of wood. The floors are cherry wood and local sandstone while the walls are tinted white.
In this house, light is the leading player defining the house’s volumes and spaces. As opposed to the clear light of a typical glass house, the shapes and the materials conspire with the proportioned windows of this brick house to generate a kind of “spent” light.
Location: Bedonia, Parma, Italy
Type: Residential – Houses
Status: Built – 2006
Architects: Lucio Serpagli architects
Collaborators: ing. Carlo Castagnetti
Photo credits: Olinto Malpeli