Border Crossing House by Simone Subissati Architects

Break the bond of space

Project Specs


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长而紧凑的屋身,使得屋脊两侧的风景在任何环境下都能尽收眼底,它象征着可跨越的边界,也是本次项目研究的主题。相同的设计理念在两层楼的不同时段会以不同的方式呈现。Le Marche地区的传统乡村住宅总是将居住空间连接成排,该项目便借鉴了它们紧凑的结构和纵向建造的特点。

The long and compact body, that allows the simultaneous vision of the two sides of the ridge from any environment, symbolizes the border, the threshold to cross, emerging as the main theme of the projectual research. A concept that is develop in a different way in the ground floor (day) and the 1st floor (night). The project borrows, from the traditional rural home in Le Marche region, the compactness and the longitudinal development of the building with residential space in a row.



The ground floor is a cut block, covered in varnished iron with anti rust primer. The first floor, as though suspended, is composed by a more closed and intimate section and by an hybrid, inner and external space, surround by a perforated membrane. The two levels have different connections with the external space. On the ground floor the cyclic theory of the vertical cut allows visual and physical permeability.

▼房屋外貌细部,details of the exterior of the house

▼房屋底层像一个被铁皮包围的切割块,the ground floor is a cut block, covered in varnished iron


▼客厅,the living room


The body of the building can be crossed in more than one position: the patio entrance, the living and bathroom/ spa. In the closed block of the first floor, an unusual window, with kaleidoscopic viewfinders head towards the landscape, giving the possibility to look out at the two counterposed slopes from the same position. The relation with the exterior changes by moving close to them, allowing the entrance of the amplified surrounding panorama.

▼拥有万花筒效果的窗户,an unusual window with kaleidoscopic viewfinders head towards the landscape

▼从窗户看出去的效果, the view from the window



▼从水池向房屋中庭处看去,view to the atrium from the pool

The emptiness that springs in the dialectical scheme internal-external of the project, bounded by walls (from the open space of the patio and the outside catwalk, to the more intimate area of the bedrooms, arriving to the area filtered from curtains on the first floor) is important to break up what unusually tends to occupy in a stable and immobilizing way. The created space is concave, receptive, permitting the external space to enter and to the residents to enjoy it with simplicity. An ideal line of energy (a cosmic axis) of which the inhabitant can feed himself. He can pass through, from north to south, from the mountains to the sea. Suspension and dizziness are wanted feelings, enhanced by the absence of a conventional railing in the catwalk that distributes the spaces for the whole length of the house, replaced by an ethereal henhouse net.

▼中庭的网格取代了传统的栏杆,the grid replaces the traditional railing

建筑的上下两个体块可以很轻易地被识别出来,它们的比例就像一个积木组合,一个由白色和红色部分组成的大型建筑游戏,你甚至可以想象到简单的组装过程。该项目是极简化的,它基于的是一个概念而不是传统意义上的选择。底层的开口和涂层富有节奏感,这样的节奏是模块化、循环的,并且遵循正弦定律; 同样的设计也出现在一层的隔断空间和木制支撑结构上。

▼富有韵律感的隔断排布,rhythmic partition arrangement

The blocks and the single parts of the building could be easily identified, having the proportions of an assembly kit, an out of scale construction game composed by white and red pieces of which it simple to imagine even the assembly process. The project is minimized, according to a simple thought based on the concept rather than formal choices. The rhythm of the openings and of the coating of the block on the ground floor is modular, cyclical, and follows a sinusoidal law; the same is reflected in the diaphragm- space on the first floor, in the wood partition than sustains the tissue.

▼客厅细部,details of the living room


The house is located on the outskirts of the urban space, where fields grow; the permeability of the soil is left to its maximum, with the grass that touches the perimeter of the house and with the minimum surface of outdoor paving that is detached, isolated from the house. There is no fence to demarcates the private property. A swathe of grass surrounds ideally the house in the field (cultivated in rotation with grain, barley, sunflower) expanding it. The attempt is to break the border, without following the protocol for which the private housing space is split up from farm work.

▼屋子周围不设围栏,there is no fence around the house


Regarding the interior and the furniture (all customized designed) the purpose was to avoid the contemporary language made of bright, luxury labels and design of contemporary fashion. Searching for an authenticity, like an “inherited” space, to pass down itself as witness, imagining it almost as though temporary (nomad, camping); a light space, flexible, like pre-existing, that suddenly we can take back, no finery and no luxury which belongs to home of the farming tradition.

▼楼梯将上下层连接,the stairs connect the upper and lower floors



The furniture is in white painted ash wood or in block board pinewood panels (only for the doors). Countertops, tables, sinks and basin are designed in cement and quartz. The structure of the building is in steel while the portion in tissue is in laminated timber. The pure and neutral block of the first floor is finished with self-cleaning plaster in all its surfaces.The iron blades of the ground floor, are showed in a open position on the ground floor, contain drains and ventilation.

▼餐厅,dining room



The house has bioclimatic and insolvency assets that permits a thermal gain in the cold months and a natural air conditioning (there is no air conditioning device) in the hot ones, thanks to the crossed ventilation and to the effect chimney. The doors of the balcony can stay open without any obstruction, lean against pilasters, thick blades that hold up and split the edifice. In this way the inner space become an outside-covered space and the living area turns into an enclosed gazebo in the house to be used not only in the summer season.

▼轴测图,axonometric drawing



Location: Polverigi, Ancona, Marche region, Italy
Client: private client, Dott. Carlo Zingaro
Built area: 350 mq
Dimension: 33m X 8, 4 m
Architects: Simone Subissati Architects
Designer team: Arch Simone Subissati, Arch. Alice Cerigioni, Ing. Domenico Lamura, Ing. Matteo Virgulti
Main contractor: Montagna costruzioni
Photo credits: Alessandro Magi Galluzzi, Paolo Semprucci, Rossano Ronci

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