Tuscany. The care home blends with the wood

Italian office LDA.iMdA has renovated an old orphanage in San Miniato, Italy. The new facade dialogues with landscape’s colours, lights and views.

LDA.iMdA architetti associati, Casa Verde, San Miniato, Italy, 2016

The project by LDA_iMdA aims to recover and integrate an old site, already used as an orphanage, built on a portion of a hilly area next to the old historical centre of San Miniato, Italy. The Casa Verde project is a search to find links with the woods, through the study of the various shades of the leaf colour in different seasons. The idea is to protect, in materials and shapes (as evidenced by the roof geometries), the original plan and emphasize the extension with shapes and materials close to contemporary culture.

LDA_iMdA choose the inhomogeneous green colour for the second level of the facade to investigate the ability to insert and mitigate the new volume in the context. The ventilated facade has not only a colour value, but it has different levels of reading: the double micro perforated panels gives diaphaneity when your point of view is too close to the building and massiveness when viewed from afar. In this elaborate design process, the awareness to act inside a fragile landscape helped the architects. The micro perforated filter exalts the relationship between indoor and outdoor space; the openings on the main elevation create two optical telescopes that project the user of the inside on the outside historical access of the old house in one case and, the old farmhouse (under renovation) in the other.

Img.11 LDA.iMdA architetti associati, Casa Verde, San Miniato, Italy, 2016
LDA.iMdA architetti associati, Casa Verde, San Miniato, Italy, 2016
Casa Verde
San Miniato
care home
LDA.iMdA architetti associati
Design team:
Paolo Posarelli, Gianni Bellucci, Stefania Catastini, Massimiliano Settimelli, Alberto Canzoniero, Elena D'Andrea, Cristina Toni, Matteo Gallerini
Structural engineering:
Studio Tecno srl
Massimiliano Valeri, Claudio Magni
Andrea Pozzuoli
Carmine Pagano srl
2,530 sqm

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