Viviana lives in Caprarola, in the downtown, along the main street leading to Palazzo Farnese designed by Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola, in a late-1700s building that collects testimonies of a past rich in history. Viviana loves simple elements: she has been able to renew the spaces by herself, maintaining and enhancing the originality of the building.
From the architect: The property spread over three levels with the main floor connected to the ground floor by an internal lift. The missing connection was between the first (the noble) and the second levels. The request was precisely to connect them with an element that fulfills the connection function and designs also the living space.
The non-structural nature of the walls of the hall did not allow any kind of anchorage, nor did the size of the hole between the floors leave room for a single self-supporting element. Hence the proposal to make the living room wall load-bearing, covering it with 3mm thick raw iron sheets welded in place, and, with the same design, to draw the staircase almost like an origami.
The articulation of the living area is done through perimeter interventions and selected materials; the wide room contrasts with the dark tones of the iron, as well as the wooden volumes of the furnishings. Everything is there, everything disappears. Nothing invades the central space deliberately left free.
The light then fills the room entering from the large windows connecting to the small external courtyard. An open and intimate space in the center of Caprarola, now equipped with essential furnishings, in line with the interior, with volumes realizing the needs of an outdoor space: vegetable garden, laundry, barbecue, pantry.