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Contemporary Casa Y in Italy by Flarchitetti


Italian architectural practice, Flarchitetti, has designed the Casa Y project. Completed in 2012, the luxury family home is located in Pino Torinese, Turin, Italy.

Set on the hills just outside the city of Turin Casa Y is a family house designed for a professional couple with three children. The client requested very large spaces devoted to family life and a low-impact energy home.


According to the architect: “Tucked into the hillside, this discreet volume consists in the juxtaposition of two simple parallelepipeds, one in fair-faced concrete and the other in glass covered with cor-ten steel. Concrete and cor-ten are a stylistic and a functional choice, the answer to the client’s need of ease of maintenance and long-term durability.

“The living area with the kitchen forms a large environment overlooking the valley. The rest of the building is nestled into the terrain.


“A long narrow corridor forms the distribution circuit: its fair-faced concrete walls lit by shafts of light from a skylight running the full length of the passageway. Tall narrow windows at the end of the corridors are a natural continuation of the skylight. The study of light has a great impact and importance: to reveal forms, wall planes and textures and architectural details. Sunscreens of horizontal cor-ten slats shielding the full- height glazed façades open out 90° to create a secluded area in front of each room.


“Deceptively simple, the building’s geometry is based on refinement and elegance. This is evidenced by the juxtaposition of materials like fair- faced concrete and steel, and the contrasting textures and finish of the raw concrete walls: silky smooth on the lower floor on account of the steel formwork used, and rough and rustic on the upper floor, patterned by timber formwork. The contemporary Italian property combines elegance with rationality, architectural refinement of materials and certified energy efficiency.”

Images courtesy of Fabrizio Caudana and Daniele Domenicali

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January 6, 2014 | Property | View comments

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