Municipality of Castell´Umberto
Nebrodi Mountains, Sicily
Completion of outside facilities 2007
Commission: HOAI §15, LP 1-5
Local site supervision and statics: Silvio Pruiti, Rocca di Capri Leone
Photographer: Marcus Bredt, Berlin
Collaborators: Jana Schmidtzberg, Elena Kossovskaya, Susanne Glöckner
The structure of this summer house in the Nebrodi Mountains of northern Sicily responds to its prominent hillside location as well as to the severe local building regulations. The latter require a roof pitch of 30° and the division of the building into housing and a barn.
The concept aims at exploiting the approvable volume to the limit. While the ground floor with the living hall (barn) is organized on an axis between mountain and valley, the bedrooms upstairs are oriented perpendicular to that and offer views of either Mount Etna or the Aeolian Islands.
Simple materials and traditional techniques were used. Floor tiles, bricks and roof tiles are products of a local brickyard. The house is built with an earthquake-resistant structure.