Casa Ceschi is located in the old town of Vicenza. Its position by the ancient town walls has called for a particularly attentive design, where the need to preserve the historical outer shell with its close ties to the urban tissue has been related to the necessity of readapting the interior in a functional key. The excavations in the basement have brought to light other ancient parts of the town walls, dating from the 12th century.
We have inserted a new structure within the gutted walls of Casa Ceschi; a skeleton in laminated larch wood which reaches the full height of the building, defining its distribution and establishing a collaborative relationship with the container characterized by an outstanding anti-seismic performance.
All parts have been prefabricated, something which has made it possible to rationalize all phases of construction and assembly;
The ground floor and the basement will be used as professional study. The lighting design, ideated in order to reduce consumption and exploit the natural light, has been particularly attentive in this area, both to make the daylight reach the floor without windows and to enhance the irregular surfaces of the outer walls. Considerable attention has also been dedicated to the choice of the materials used to decorate the surfaces, and that contribute to make this a green building.
A special multilayer insulation has been combined with panels in untreated earthenware finished with lime, that guarantee an excellent hygrometric control in the part of the interior used as dwelling, while the surface treatments and final touches have been done mainly with larch wood and hemp bricks, with an excellent performance in terms of thermal and acoustic insulation.
The original shell and all the parts of historical value it is formed of have been restored using traditional techniques, with lime-based diners and protecting products based on beeswax. The whole building has been designed so as to reduce consumption energy to a minimum, and it has been assigned energy consumption class A.