“Ghaus”, located in a rural site near Treviso, is a block house built with a “X-Lam” bearing structure, made by fir wooden panels and insulation of wooden fiber.
Wood defines both interiors, where fir wooden panels are visible as such, and facades, cladded by larch boards.
“Ghaus” is an affordable house at low power consumption; the construction technology is not hidden, but wood is used as an expressive material, at mean time innovative and founded into the rural character of site. The building is north-south oriented, like tipical rural houses; this is the best exposure to climate of site.
The two main facades are different, because of their exposure: the northern facade has few small windows; in the southern facade large windows and brises-soleil controle the sun lighting and allow a beautiful view to the countryside. The roof bends out from the perimeter of building in different ways: the protrusion is minimal in the northern side and very deep in the southern side: here there is a sort of porch facing the living and protecting the interiors from sunlight.
The painted ironplate roof has a traditional shape (pitched roof), but the hipped roof is sloping.
The house is dipped in the landscape: sunlight, fog, rain come inside the domestic space; by night the interior enlightment beams in the countryside.
The project takes position against the chaos of buildings in the countryside of Veneto: it looks to the tradition not to imitate it, but to give shape to a modern rural house.