Z House by geza

The alpine house merging into the surroundings, wooden skin projecting an amazing light and shadow effect

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Z House is an alpine house, a holiday home. A place to live an intense relationship with nature and the mountains.

▼住宅外观,exterior view of the house


▼住宅概念灵感来源,参考传统的高山住宅,concept that is generated from the traditional alpine house

The site on which the house is placed is a complex place, with a steep slope, access uphill, a few buildings around and full of panoramic “frameworks”. The approach path is thus one of the key points of the project, the arrival is a precise and inevitable sequence: the road climbs steeply, the house shows itself from afar in the middle of other buildings, then hides and then reappears in a scenic perspective from the bottom where you can feel the whole size of the building. To enter inside, however, it is necessary to turn around with an obligatory, necessary path, in which the perception of the house gradually loses the built context and fits into the natural one. During this journey of “passage” it becomes gradually smaller, the scale is reduced and from a volume of three floors then you get to a small and solitary monopiano volume, framed only by the landscape.

▼住宅外观,住宅建在山坡上,融入自然环境,exterior view of the house that is built up on the hillside, merging into the natural surroundings


From the outside the house is characterized by an external “skin” made of wood, like many traditional alpine architecture. Today this facade loses the traditional functions related to agriculture and breeding, and becomes a sun breaker, a necessary element of solar control and energy-saving. A fundamental architectural occasion.

▼住宅外观,采用木制的外表皮,可以起到遮阳的作用,exterior view of the house with an external “skin” made of wood for shading


The theme of lightness is guided by the design of the external sunshade (made of vertical larch blades) that surrounds the whole building, regulates the relationship with the light and the panoramas, and invents a filter space between the internal (private) world and the outside world (public). The wooden blades have different orientations, they are sometimes rotated, the spacing is not constant. They open up to let you see and they hide and hide. They condition the internal relationship between inside and outside, and so the light vibrates and changes constantly on the outer skin of the house. It is a subtle and iridescent vibration, with the light light of the Alps.

▼住宅外观,外立面由垂直的落叶松板条打造而成,木条的方向、间距和扭转角度各不相同,exterior view of the house, the external sunshade is made of vertical larch blades whose orientations, rotation angles and spacings are different


▼空间体量设计概念,concept of the volume

The list of functions requested by the owners is rich and complex, and it is divided into a plant with two juxtaposed volumes that are divided into sections with different heights, which follow the conformation of the land.

▼住宅外观,住宅由两个位于不同水平面上的、并列的建筑体量组成,exterior view of the house made of two juxtaposed volumes with different heights


▼平面设计概念,concept of the plan programs

The choice of orientation of the views determines the plan of the house: to the west there is the access, with all the service volumes, to the east a large living area that looks into the distance towards the point where the valley continues and offers bright panoramas.

▼住宅室外平台,木制外表皮倒映在玻璃立面上,exterior terrace of the house, wooden skin is reflected on the glass facade

▼住宅走廊,阳光透过木制外表皮在室内空间投下迷人的光影效果,the corridor, sunlight projects an amazing light and shadow effect in the interior space through the wooden skin


The large living area is located at the entrance level, and combines the two volumes into a single fluid space, while the other functions are divided: the master bedroom area is on the upper floor, overlooking the double height, while the other bedrooms, the sauna and wellness area are located on the lower floor.

▼室内空间局部通高,主卧套房的办公区位于上层空间,partial interior view of the house, some part of the house is double-height, and the study area of the master bedroom is on the upper floor

▼起居室空间,大面积的玻璃立面确保了景观视野,the living room, large glass facade offers a good view



This section achieves two objectives: one external and one internal. From the outside the house seems to “slip” on the ground, the ground is inclined and fluid, the house is light and does not impose terraces or other violent works on the landscape. From the inside the volume of the living area is designed by an impressive exposed concrete roof, which follows the slanting of the two volumes with different heights. It seems to enter the mountain.

The materials that make up the project reflect the basic ideas. The construction is in concrete, but it is visible only inside. The exposed concrete floors and ceilings, suspended on glass façades, accentuate the lightness of the roof.

▼从起居室看厨房和餐厅,室内采用外露的混凝土地板,viewing the kitchen and the dining area from the living room, the interior space is paved with the exposed concrete floors

▼厨房和餐厅,屋顶顺着不同海拔高度的两个建筑体量的形式呈现出倾斜的姿态,the kitchen and the dining area, the roof follows the slanting of the two volumes with different heights

▼住宅夜景鸟瞰图,bird-eye’s view of the house at night

▼住宅夜景外观,night view of the house

▼住宅总平面图,site plan

▼首层平面图,ground floor plan

▼二层平面图,first floor plan

▼地下室平面图,underground floor plan




Architecture design: GEZA Gri e Zucchi Architettura srl, arch. Stefano Gri, Arch. Piero Zucchi, with arch. Stefania Anzil, arch. Tina Carletti, arch. Marjana Dedaj, arch. Elisa Mansutti
Structural design: Ing. Alessandro D’Agostino (Adastudio)
Mechanical plants design: HT Engineering
Electrical plants design: Studio Battista
Supervision of works: Ing. Alessandro D’Agostino (Adastudio)
Contractor: Impresa Edile Pellegrini & C
Mechanical plants: Astel srl
Electrical plants: Elettrotecnica Manzanese
Carpentry works: Malisan Franco & C snc
Furnitures and boiseries: Floreani snc
Client: Private
Location: Tarvisio, Udine, Italia
Chronology: Design phase: 2014
Construction: 2016
Area of intervention: 933 sqm
Area: 195 sqm
Volume: 875 cubic m
Photographer: Gianni Antoniali

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