Pinwheel Home / JM Structure
Textual content description offered by the architects. Pinwheel is a custom-designed prefabricated wooden home positioned on the hills surrounding Lake Maggiore, Italy, and it was constructed and furnished in solely six months. A pavilion nestled in a glade of the oak tree forests typical of the lake area bordering Switzerland. A undertaking formed by the boundaries and topography of a small sloping plot, the place the acceptable buildable space corresponded to a pure terrace within the narrowest portion of the positioning.
The design adopted the constructing setbacks’ constraints and the necessity for a residing space going through the lake valley. With one facet parallel to the contour traces of the slope, and two sides aligned with the setback traces, the straightforward geometry of a pentagon form resulted within the synthesis of restraints and requirements.
As a one-story pavilion with a small basement stage, the ground plan of this trip house is organized round a middle of gravity, comparable to a round skylight and descending staircase, leading to a space-efficient resolution because of the absence of corridors. The examine, residing, and kitchen areas share the identical open house, whereas the 2 bedrooms and two bogs are the one bodily partition of the higher stage. A film room, storage, and technical rooms are organized across the central staircase on the decrease stage.
The above-ground constructing is a timber body prefabricated system assembled on web site in just one week, put in on prime of the cast-in-place concrete of the basement stage. The façade is a mix of white concrete panel cladding and composite aluminum shutters of various sizes, with bigger framed openings within the residing areas and smaller ones for bedrooms and bogs.
The lounge, positioned on the South-West nook of the constructing, has a sq. sliding window going through the lake valley, whereas the examine space has a second wider opening to entry the white gravel out of doors sitting space. The interiors are completed with white concrete flooring all through each ranges and white plastered partitions, with all areas furnished in white tones.
The rounded edges of the constructing emphasize the continuity of the envelope among the many 5 sides of the pentagon, with the one alternation of the perpendicular fins giving the pavilion a pinwheel form. The one mark within the panorama beside the pavilion is the white gravel form linking the slender countryside street to the constructing, permitting one parking spot on the East and an out of doors sitting space on the West.
An important design guideline has additionally been minimizing upkeep prices and utility payments, and the prefabricated and extremely insulated wooden construction was the primary transfer to achieve the aim. The radiant ground heating and the recent water are produced by an electrical warmth pump system, powered by a small distant photovoltaic farm.