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n a panoramic location on a gentle hill in the Monferrato region – an area known for its truffles, great wines and ancient (and delicious) Piedmontese culinary traditions - an old orangery was transformed into a fantastic mini-residence. Immersed in natural beauty, this tiny construction is entirely made out of glass, transparent as regards to the bewitching surrounding landscape.

 

Glass house. Immersed in an extraordinary natural setting, the glass house disappears in the surrounding landscape.

Immersed in an extraordinary natural setting, the glass house disappears in the surrounding landscape.

 

Lemon trees, as well as other frost-sensitive potted plants, were traditionally stored during winter in the old shed that once stood in its place. In current years, as the Monferrato region has increasingly become a popular tourist destination (it’s been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2014), the old shed was converted into an exclusive residence as part of the Dream&Charme circuit, known for its unconventional hospitality options.

 

the terrace that extends the bedroom and in the outdoor living room, the Square ’16 sofa by De Padova.

The Glass House from the entrance side (large image) with the outdoor living room/ dining area (furniture by Roda). Below, the terrace that extends the bedroom and in the outdoor living room, the Square ’16 sofa by De Padova.

 

The best of everything went into its construction, from the architects to the designers involved, from the brands to the technology connected to the home. The entire project was overseen by Piero Lissoni in collaboration with the architect Carlo Alberto Maria Caire, who was responsible for the design as well as the construction process. The pre-existing structure was replaced by a prefabricated, disassemblable and recyclable unit (that has no negative impact on the environment, during its construction phase too) that preserves the original shape of the building with its distinctive gentle pitched roof, typical of local architecture. This type of roof is perfect for solar panels and this, combined with a simplified home-automation system, contributes to the eco-sustainability of the entire project.

 

The living room is optimised similarly to a boat. A large sofa runs along the length of one of the walls and opposite, the counter of the K2 kitchen by Boffi. The bedroom with a terrace is past the central block with bathroom, hammam and fireplace.

The Square ’16 sofa by De Padova is the focal point in the Glass House. In the foreground, the Tetris coffee tables by Nendo, in the background the iconic Louisiana armchair designed by Vico Magistretti in 1993 (equally manufactured by De Padova).

 

Merely subdivided by a thin glass wall, interiors and exteriors practically blend together. The aesthetic rigour and the formal purity of the overall glass and steel structure define the elegant and simple décor of the interiors. A central block houses the utilities (bathroom, hammam, sauna and fireplace) and separates the main living area from the bedroom that at the other side of the building, opens onto a terrace with a view over the hills.

 

The K2 "cube-kitchen”, a self-contained structure in stainless steel by Boffi Kitchens

The so-called K2 "cube-kitchen”, a self-contained structure in stainless steel by Boffi Kitchens, fitted with a sliding top that covers the sink and the hob.

In the tiny glass sauna (Effegibi) in the bedroom, you are able to enjoy the view over the hills from the interior. In the foreground, the Incisa armchair by Vico Magistretti for De Padova.

 

Inspired by the legendary glass houses by the great architects (Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe, Glass House by Philipp Johnson...), Piero Lissoni and Carlo Alberto Maria Caire’s project helps you to experience a symbiotic relationship with nature all year round. A blend of technology and design, this tiny gem is currently surrounded by nature at its most magnificent stage, the land is green and tinted by gems that blossom everywhere. Although, we imagine that it’s equally wonderful when in autumn, during the truffle season, the leaves turn from yellow to red, or when in winter, it suddenly begins to snow and in the evening the fireplace is lit up. The time of year has no bearing, staying in the Glass House is, at any rate, an unforgettable experience.

 

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Design project

Renovation of an orangery in the countryside
Location:
Monferrato, Piedmont, Italy

Project coordination and interior design:
Lissoni Associati, Milano, Italy
Architectural structure and supervision of construction:
Studio di architettura Caire
Rosignano (AL), Italy

Kitchen Boffi Kitchens

Furniture Living De Padova

Residence Dream&Charme
by Giorgio Caire of Lauzet
Photos:

Courtesy Boffi, credits David Zanardi

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