CASA CV, Mantova by Archiplan Studio

the transformation of a historic building from the 18th century into an elegant residence

Project Specs


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▼庭院与通道,the courtyard and the passage © Giuseppe Gradella

The building originally consisted of two buildings, dating back to the XVIII century. The first construction was part of the adjacent convent, which was vaulted and used as a small theater. The second was an extension of a noble palace with which it was connected on the two upper floors by an arched bridge. Later on, those two buildings were separated respectively by the convent and the noble palace which they belong to, thus defining new isolated architectural elements. In the 1990 they underwent a restructuring that introduced an element of connection between them. Until then they were autonomous and in relation only thanks to a common courtyard, an open space configured as a passage to be crossed to move from one part to the other of the building. The connection path space has been realized with glass, externally protected by a metallic filter with vertical long slats, which only sensually allow you to glimpse the very intimate space of the courtyard and the pool from the entrance door of the building. The project is a full explorations of materiality and furniture elements, each individually designed to give together a spiritual as well sensual ambiance. On the ground floor the kitchen and the living room are on opposite sides looking at each other through big glass surfaces, so that sharing the courtyard were the swimming pool in placed.

▼围绕庭院布置的开放厨房,open kitchen arranged around the courtyard © Giuseppe Gradella


Upstairs is the sleeping area, consisting of two segregated spaces respectively located on the first floor of the two building. Lastly the double bedroom is providing a bed-bathroom single space equipped with a unique wardrobe space on its back placed to easily serve the room itself.

▼进入起居区域,entering the sleeping area © Giuseppe Gradella

▼起居室概览,overview of the living room © Giuseppe Gradella

▼不同材质的组合,combination of different materials © Giuseppe Gradella

▼独特的橱柜设计,unique wardrobe space © Giuseppe Gradella


Therefore our intervention of recovery aims to maintain unaltered the settlement of the building, with the exception of the bedroom for children located on the first floor, where the intermediary ceiling was demolished in order to show up the roof structure and to amplify the height of the space. The children one is a regular pure space with three wooden architectural elements, far from Euclidean geometries, generate a dialectic contamination. The result is an enriched system of fluid paths within which are created door-free bed spaces, accessible through the small openings remained among these curvy volumes approaching the perimeter walls.

▼儿童房外观,exterior of the children’s room © Giuseppe Gradella

▼儿童房的曲线路径,children’s room with fluid paths © Giuseppe Gradella

▼细部,条形格栅,strip grids © Giuseppe Gradella

▼细部,色彩鲜明的泳池,details, swimming pool in bright color © Giuseppe Gradella

▼首层平面,the ground floor plan © Archiplan Studio

▼二层平面,the second floor plan © Archiplan Studio

▼三层平面,the third floor plan © Archiplan Studio

▼剖面,section © Archiplan Studio

▼剖面,section © Archiplan Studio


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