• Commission.
  • Program: Office, Private House.
  • Site: Genoa, Italy.
  • Surface: Built Area 160 + 95 m2.
  • Budget: –
  • Client: Private.
  • With: S.Zampichelli team-leader
  • Chronology: 2014 – 2017.
  • All Design Phases.


The intervention is located in the park of Villa Piaggio in Genoa, a complex dating back to the fifteenth century which three centuries later was recognized as one of the most important within the Genoese city walls.

The possibility of creating new volumes on the roofs of two accessory buildings to the noble villa and dating back to the late nineteenth century allowed us to experiment with contemporary forms and materials, featuring a virtuous combination of architecture and nature.

On the flat roofs of existing buildings in Neo-Gothic style, at the height of the canopy of the surrounding trees, the metal beams for the new bases are set.

A series of volumes in a mixed wooden-metal structure linked together and of different heights to better adapt to the topographical movement – as well as to allow an effective flow of rainwater – defines the opening and closing of the views towards the landscape.

The fronts towards the sea have openings specifically oriented to significant points of the panorama offered by the historic city, while those towards the mountain are blind, giving the new masses an introverted image even in the lively game of aggregation of volumes, as if to protect themselves from the wind coming from the hills.

The skin is entirely in lead plates, while the windows frames are wooden.

Inside, the living spaces flow seamlessly from one volume to another, with compressions and decompressions produced by the variability of heights. At the same time, the movement of the floor plan contributes to characterize the different spaces and to guarantee them precise character and privacy.