In the mountainous, highly seismic region of Friuli in northeast Italy, stone has symbolic – as well as physical – weight. Architecturally, it’s both an emblem of the local geography and a nod to building traditions that have survived for centuries in small Italian towns.
San Quirino is one such town. In its historic
ElasticoSPA founder Stefano Pujatti didn’t ultimately see that as an obstacle. Salvaging a supply of limestone from the
Like the stones, most of the project’s material palette riffs playfully from interior to exterior. Chestnut floors, ceilings and window frames add balance and warmth inside; the same wood can be spotted outside as supporting beams on the cantilevered roof. Matte slabs of veined Piasentina stone from nearby quarries, meanwhile, wrap the stairs and walls. Resistant to damage from frost and freezing, the material reappears in the outdoor courtyard.
The rigidity of the concrete exterior walls is blurred by the surprising delicacy of the screens, creating a dialogue of scale, transparency and density. “Materiality is so important to me,” Pujatti explains, describing how essential the stone was in this case, both for creating a connection to the house’s surroundings and for “melting a new building into a place with a long history.”
Floating stone screens lend an ethereal touch to an earthquake-proof residence in italy