The house is located in the upper part of the historic center of Assisi. It appears embedded in the building fabric, which stretches parallel to one of the main streets of the city and opens up towards the south, overlooking the lower part of town and the valley below. On the southern front, there is the sole entrance to the property, while at the back of the building towards the north, there is the garden organized on terraces, that model the strong sloping characteristic of the area.
▼住宅外观，external view of the house © Marco Cappelletti
▼历史城区，the historic center of Assisi © Marco Cappelletti
Ancient stone retaining walls define the limits of the garden, whose main terracing is located at a height of more than eight meters above the entrance to the house. The building had been in a deep state of decay and was strongly compromised by many interventions of poor quality. It had several rooms were insufficiently lit. The project provided an opportunity to reconfigure both the internal spaces, distributed on four levels, and external ones and to create a new rapport between the house and the garden, which had previously been absent.
▼石制挡土墙界定花园边界，the stone retaining walls define the limits of the garden © Marco Cappelletti
▼阶梯花园与周边环境，the terraced garden and surrounding environment © Marco Cappelletti
From the entrance hall, a new pathway illuminated by natural light, effortlessly disguises the existing height differences and offers views of singular beauty, creating a totally new experience. Natural light, modulated differently, greatly enriches the quality of all the spaces and penetrates deep into the rooms located on the ground floor.
▼从客房入口望向花园 © Marco Cappelletti
view to the garden from the entrance of the guest house
▼门厅，the entrance hall © Marco Cappelletti
▼夹层通向花园，the mezzanine leads to the garden © Marco Cappelletti
The heart of the house is represented by a space that, extending both vertically and in depth, unites the first and second levels. A space that leads the eye towards the garden and offers a view of the entire structure, connecting elements of urban landscape and the valley floor to those of the terraced garden on the slope to which the house is strongly anchored. In this space, many daily activities take place on different levels: on the first floor, the dining area with adjacent kitchen; on the second floor, a study and a living room that overlooks a new courtyard to the north.
▼与花园相接的客厅 © Marco Cappelletti
the living room connected to the garden
▼纵深空间，the height space © Marco Cappelletti
▼纵深空间连接各层 © Marco Cappelletti
the height space connects all floors
▼艺术品展墙，the painting exhibition wall © Marco Cappelletti
▼楼梯从客厅层通往餐厅层 © Marco Cappelletti
stairs lead to the dining room level from the living room level
▼餐厅层，the living room level © Alessandro Bulletti
▼厨房一角，corner of the kitchen © Marco Cappelletti
▼厨房小窗，small kitchen window © Marco Cappelletti
The new courtyard looks like an open-air room, characterized by both old and new elements, and conjoins the two orthogonal axes: the north-south axis that crosses the house, and the east-west axis that structures the garden. The open space extends towards the west in a series of steps in lawn defined by stone curbs that emphasize the existing geometry, connecting the lower level of the new courtyard to the main terracing that extends longitudinally for roughly half of the surface of the garden.
▼底层楼梯，lower stairs © Marco Cappelletti
▼材质细部，details © Marco Cappelletti
▼透过拱门看浴池，view to the bath through the arch © Marco Cappelletti
▼浴池，the bath © Marco Cappelletti
▼浴池旁设有休息区，the seating area next to the bath © Marco Cappelletti
Through a few but essential interventions, the renovation of the small building has strengthened the relationship with the surroundings and defined new spaces for outdoor life, in harmony with the character of the place and its peculiar beauty.
▼夜景，night view © Marco Cappelletti
▼花园平面图，garden plan © Alessandro Bulletti
▼一层平面图，ground floor plan © Alessandro Bulletti
▼二层平面图，first floor plan © Alessandro Bulletti
▼三层平面图，second floor plan © Alessandro Bulletti
▼四层平面图，third floor plan © Alessandro Bulletti
▼剖面图，section © Alessandro Bulletti