Renovation villa Novazzano

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The building is a single-family villa built in modernist style in 1938, located at the north-western edge of the historic core of Novazzano.

The villa, placed in the center of the garden, is accessed from the street below following a cobbled path that leads to the staircase entrance at the northern corner of the building. Each floor of the building is equipped with large terraces.

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The openings (doors and windows) are delimited with Travertine marble. The building has a basement floor and three floors above ground connected by a scenic staircase, whose stone steps are inserted in the wall; the treads are made of green Prato marble (serpentine), while risers of white Carrara marble. The staircase is delimited by a semicircular double-height window. All the original doors and windows of the villa were made of wood and single glazed, therefore no longer thermally insulated, airtight or soundproof.

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The renovations entailed the replacement of the heating unit, the removal of all the old windows  and their replacement with new triple glazed wood and metal windows. The inside of the wooden frame is coated in a white veil that leaves the wood grain visible; the aluminium outside is painted with a dark gray thermolacquering.

The original winding mechanism of the roller shutters (with fabric ribbon) has been restored; the bins were insulated and new wood window sills were applied.

The large semicircular window surrounding the stairs had its original glazing panels removed, the original T-shaped metal profile maintained and restored. The profile now holds new compact and safe triple glazed insulated glass enclosures, whose outermost glaze is made of hammered glass, like the original one.

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On the ground floor, a new living room has been created by joining the old kitchen and an adjacent room. The demolition of the load bearing partition wall required the installation of two HEB metal beams to sustain the load of the upper floors. The beams were painted white and transformed into lighting bodies by inserting LED strips.

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The original floor of the small entrance hall (squares of Carrara marble and Bardiglio gray marble) and of the kitchen (light and dark square crushed marble tiles arranged in a diagonal chessboard) have been preserved. The floor of the dining room has been replaced with new white, gray, and black rubber grit tiles, which recall and harmonize with the colour of the existing floors.

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A new pellet stove has been installed. The kitchen has been fully renovated; a new piece of furniture has been created to articulate and organize the entrance, kitchen and hall areas. It has two different heights; on the kitchen side it contains drawers and shelves, while the side facing the hall is equipped with a lightened, dark-gray display cabinet, drawers, a home bar and a large sliding door to hide the TV. All the cupboard doors are light gray with a glossy lacquered finish.

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Renovation villa Novazzano

Project

2018 – 2018

Photographs

Alberto Canepa

The Kitchen of Villa Novazzano has been shortlisted at The Plan Kitchen design special contest 2019

Technical data

Client: privato

Architect: Enrico Sassi

Work management: Enrico Sassi

Collaborators: Roberta Blasi

Building physics: Think Exergy SA

 

Contractor: Pietro Calderari SA

Plumber: Conconi Sud SA

Electrician: Larghi Silvano SAGL

Plasterworker: Michele Vodola

Flooring: Uniquefloor AG

Tiler: Jotti Guglielmo SA

Windows: RK Mobili di Roberto Köchli

Marble-worker: GEG SA

Glass worker: Alla Vetreria Perletti SAGL

Heating engineer: Guscetti Camini SA

Painter: Marco Rossi SA

Carpenter kitchen and furniture: RK Mobili di Roberto Köchli