FADING OUT - CZ STUDIO, ESTATE IN BONASSOLA
What makes spectacular this large property overlooking the Ligurian Riviera is also its main problem. It is indeed an extremely steep terrain, so vertical that it is hard to make a survey: to represent it on paper it was necessary to interpolate intuitively the dimensions measured on the switchbacks of the road that runs through it. This impervious nature of the site determined its story and features, the sequences of use and abandonment that occurred over time, the weird mixture of species that took place, its fragile geological situation which exposed it also to recent landslides. The proposed design strategy has been as delicate as pragmatic, aimed to introduce an attitude of care extended in time rather than in space. Starting from the problem of accessibility, which the morphological situation makes fundamental: it is in fact unthinkable to intervene in these woods without being able to get there. Surfaces of paths and thoroughfares develop therefore different degrees of precision with stricter geometries and a more intensive use of materials closer to the house, becoming gradually lighter and “weaker” as the walk gets farther into the estate. The tiers, where possible, are simply obtained sinking vertical steel blades filled with earth or, where the slopes become more exposed to landslides, by placing detached stairs made of steel and resin. This geometric and material fading out from artificial to natural, works both in plan and in section, in relationship with the landscape. The elimination of parapets, concealed in a review of the ha-ha (those walls arranged in ditches to allow sure boundaries and visual continuity in romantic gardens), transformed into pots for plants, lowered to indicate only the change of level, folded in order to form benches, allows the gaze to extend into the bay and, in the reverse view, a more discreet presence of artifice.
design 2004-07 - completed 2008 | CZstudio associati_Paolo Ceccon and Laura Zampieri, with Gabriele Pimpini | client: private | surface: 16.600 mq.