The house designed by Carlo Ratti Associati and Italo Rota in the countryside outside Parma aims to break down the boundaries between natural and artificial. The Greenary, a fusion of green and granary, is a former farmhouse transformed into a light-filled residence for tomato company Mutti’s CEO.
Developed around a 10-metre tree, the house is characterised by a fusion of original features (the exposed perforated bricks, which form an evocative pattern of light and shadow, are one example) and contemporary additions.
A three-storey volume, serving as living area, is characterised by a fully glazed facade and a pitched ceiling, as well as visually interconnected multi-level spaces.
This ambience, fulcrum of the project, is also distinguished by the presence of a corten metal staircase that invites one to the intermediate floors, from which the landscape can be observed. A work area has been installed in the old barn, complemented by an elastic ceiling grid, where people can sit.
- The Greenary
- Parma, Italy
- Private residence
- Carlo Ratti Associati and Italo Rota
- CRA Team:
- Carlo Ratti, Andrea Cassi (partner in charge), Francesco Strocchio (project manager), Alberto Benetti, Mario Daudo, Serena Giardina, Anna Morani, Gerolamo Gnecchi Ruscone, Giovanni Trogu, Matteo Zerbi
- Paolo Pejrone and Alberto Fusari
- Facade and MEP engineering:
- AI Studio
- Structural engineering:
- AI Studio (with Luca Giacosa), Corrado Curti
- Agricultural consultants:
- Flavio Pollano and Paolo Battistel (Ceres srl)
- Approval of authority, accounts, health and safety officer:
- Aldo Trombi
- Planning and works supervisor:
- AU Studio
- Landscape design:
- Paolo Pejrone, Alberto Fusari
- AeC costruzioni
- Garden cultivation:
- Arcadia Vivai Impianti