In Parma, CRA and Italo Rota transform a farm into an eclectic home

The light-filled private house merges the natural and the artificial: at the core of the design is a triple-height space characterised by geometric patterns and interconnected volumes. 

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

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