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FINESTRE SUL FIUME | 3 HOUSES FOR DRONES


Built work, Formello, 2012-17


This residential complex, made up of three villas in the Roman countryside, rereads the idea of the pavilion as a lightweight structure that supports a butterfly roof (from the Latin papilionem, ‘butterfly’). The precedents for these three houses are the open-air exhibition pavilion, the little theaters and small buildings that can be found in parks, like the kiosks, shrines, and aviaries that frequently pop up in Rome’s Villa Borghese. The design stages a particular type of dwelling: the residential pavilion built around a central nucleus or core, surrounded by a structure that envelops it. Shells allow the houses to transcend their physical bodies, making them seem lighter, almost ethereal. If, on the one hand, a house’s closed walls remind us of a confined, private domestic space, the frame-shell, on the other, frees and invites us to contemplate this space. In these houses, the shell works as a portico, which does not only describe the space in front of the house, but also the space above it. This is a double shell, conceived as a technological device that allows the house to be accessed from the sky through home automation. These three pavilions also utilize a perforated roof that grants access to drones transporting goods to the residence.





Architectural Design: Malfona Petrini Architetti
Structural Engineering: Tommaso Malfona
Exhibition and award “Premio Giovani”, Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, 2014-15



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