A modern country home inserted inside an ancient barn in Verona

Studio Wok engaged with the qualities of the existing building to define the spaces and aesthetics of a contemporary house.

Studio Wok, country home in Chievo, Verona, Italy, 2018

Marcello Bondavalli, Nicola Brenna and Carlo Alberto Tagliabue, the founders of Milan-based architecture firm Studio Wok, carry on their research on the topic of contemporary living. Following a few well accomplished flat renovations in the city, such as a penthouse inside Giovanni Muzio’s much-Milanese Ca’ Brutta, it is now the turn of a country home in Chievo, not far from Verona.

Rather that the scale of the intervention ­– the restored barn’s floor area measures approximately 250 square meters – what changes here are the strategies implemented for the “foundation” of the household, the structuring of its spaces and the customisation of its aesthetics.

Studio Wok, country home in Chievo, Verona, Italy, 2018
Studio Wok, country home in Chievo, Verona, Italy, 2018

Studio Wok’s design largely draws from the existing building’s qualities, while at the same time relating to the elements and the atmospheres of its rural-productive landscape. A large magnolia tree, an object of the client’s affection, is preserved. On a conceptual plan, the garden and the open air swimming pool turn to it as a pivotal presence, as do the house rooms, all crossed by its canopy’s shade at sunset.

Studio Wok, country home in Chievo, Verona, Italy, 2018
Studio Wok, country home in Chievo, Verona, Italy, 2018

The full-height interior void, once a functional feature of the barn, is partially maintained in the current configuration of the living area, overlooked by the bedrooms’ suspended volumes.

The ancient shell stays as the contemporary house’s envelope, enriched by both brand-new signs – the window frames in the local Biancone stone and the larch windows, such as the monumental one screening the living room’s arched opening – and rediscovered memories – such as the river pebbles freed from a hiding plaster layer, on the outside, and the wooden beams surfacing and contrasting with the white interior walls on the upper levels.

country home
Chievo, Verona, Italy
Studio Wok
Studio Wok partners:
Marcello Bondavalli, Nicola Brenna, Carlo Alberto Tagliabue
Federica Torri
General contractor:
PFM contract
Windows and tailor-made furniture:
GF Arredamenti
Stone flooring:
Grassi Pietre
Structural engineering, sustainability:
Studio Tecnico associato Breoni
Simone Bellamoli
250 sqm

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