A Home With Striking “Stone Curtains” Glows Like a Lantern at Night
Located in the historic center of San Quirino, Italy, Stoned is a single-family home with an attached guest house designed by architect Stefano Pujatti, founder of ElasticoSPA. Pujatti outfitted the guest house with surprising "stone curtains" that add a beautiful textural layer while shielding the project from the sun and helping it comply with the city's strict building code.
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The building code of San Quirino's historic center presented a major challenge—and served as a source of inspiration for the architect. One bylaw dictates that stone must be used for all renovations within the historic center, while another states that a structure cannot be made of stone, as it is the most unsafe material to use in the seismically active area.
The contradicting bylaws inspired Pujatti to develop a fresh interpretation of the city's building code. "This usually means that stones are applied to a concrete structure and only serve a decorative purpose," explains Pujatti. "We decided to be even more decorative—and play with the rules—so we separated the two materials and created the ‘flying stone curtain,’ leaving the concrete to keep its structural purpose." Stoned was recently nominated for the 2019 EU Mies Award.
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Builder/ General Contractor: Bedin e Arigò
Structural Engineer: Antonio Colonello
Mechanical Engineer: ProJ. System Engineering