Alessandro Bucci, architect, explained to us why (and how) he introduced multiple functional voids in the renovation project of this penthouse with a view in Faenza

Moving from the countryside to the city centre: from this need, presented by the client as a prerogative for the entire project, the team of Alessandro Bucci Architetti has given new life to a large penthouse with a view of Faenza.

Together with the need to move, the homeowner had expressed to the work team his desire not to give up generous spaces and welcoming environments: an aspect that would have made him feel closer to his previous housing experience and which the architects concretised in an alternation of functional voids for direct connection with the equally large external spaces.

The general mood of the attic also benefited from the primordial request: an impalpable lightness dominates the spaces and frames the Faenza panorama which bucolically reserves the roofs and hills for the view of those who live in the apartment.

We spoke withAlessandro Bucci, the architect responsible for the project, to understand what the intervention logic was.

What was the design guideline for the renovation project?

Alessandro Bucci: "Working on the top floor of a building located in the historic center of the city, the objective was to create a space which, benefiting from this privileged view, could enter into a relationship both with the historic city, seen from high, both with the hills located to the south".

What areas have you concentrated your work on?

Alessandro Bucci: "The first objective was to dematerialize the walls. The architectural shell was emptied and dematerialized as much as possible to leave room for large glass walls that would allow the house to be completely projected towards the outside.

The second objective led us to enhance the large terrace of around 200 m2 that embraces the attic, and to create an intense relationship between inside and outside. Suffice it to say that the house develops both internally and externally, in the true sense of the word: the surface area of the house is in fact 200 m2.

Finally, the third objective was to create refined and comfortable environments, open and with a fluid spatiality to be discovered."

How did you dematerialize the environments?

Alessandro Bucci: "Both through their relationship with the outside, which expands all the spaces considerably, and by limiting the internal partitions as much as possible, and by using glass also for the subdivisions of the internal spaces".

How does the renovation project interact with the old building?

Alessandro Bucci: "The first time we had access to the property we immediately realized the enormous potential of the place. It was just a matter of enhancing and highlighting the strong points already present.

The glass walls that allow a 360-degree view without introspection from the outside immediately became the leitmotif of the project.

And the terrace, suspended between earth and sky, could only be a natural extension of the internal environments".

How did you choose the furnishings?

Alessandro Bucci: "Almost all the furnishings, except for a very few pieces, were custom designed. The functional furnishings are incorporated into the architecture and it is the space that gives rhythm to the environment of the house and is the protagonist".

What are voids used for in a living space? How to create a functional one?

Alessandro Bucci: "The void in this case is understood as a relationship with external space and as a stylistic feature. It is in fact more appropriate to speak of space rather than emptiness.

Not every single space necessarily has to perform a function.

In this case the owner came from previous living experience in a country house. The need was to live in the historic center without giving up the large spaces, the views and panoramas, the generous dimensions, the relationship with the outside".