In Valle Isarco, Rubner Haus designed the wooden extension of an existing building by architect Stefano Peluso

Windows, terraces, balconies, extensions, extroversions: these are the keywords of the latest Rubner Haus architecture built in Bressanone on a project by architect Stefano Peluso. The current appearance is due to the expansion of a pre-existing house completed in 2008, one of the first villas in the area on three floors. The owners' goal was to have two apartments for the children and to have more space, more light, more panoramic views in the inhabited one.

Building in wood

For the owners, the ideal solution was to build in wood, a light and versatile material: a sustainable choice that, in addition to saving time and expense, would have allowed them not to weigh on the ground, an important detail given the particular orography. The house, in fact, is wedged into a slope: much of the building develops underground and what remains visible is only a portion of it.

The "ville poreuse"

Peluso belongs to the generation of architects influenced by the lessons of Bernardo Secchi, urban planner who theorized the "ville poreuse": an idea of a "porous city", permeable, widespread, accessible, which "restores the character of a territory" and in which the architecture is the sum of differences. This is why he chose to resume the existing geometries without changing the structure of the building, adding new elements such as the external wooden cladding and the unusual flat roof.

Exceptional panorama

"In this case", explains Peluso, the Rubner Haus technology was applied to an intervention project on the buildings, in line with one of the key principles of sustainability, namely the optimization of what is already there ". Thanks to the windows, which allow you to sweep your eyes, and to the terraces, one of which runs on three sides, the house offers an exceptional panorama from south to north. In the basement, there is a garden-terrace of about 150 square meters, flanked by the two terraces on the first floor, one facing south-east, the other north-west, respectively of 15 and 5 square meters, in addition to that of the second floor which extends for 46 square meters. The wooden ceiling coverings are also the work of Rubner Haus.

Discreet wooden battens

The terraces are shielded by wooden battens which act as a screen against the sun's rays and the gaze of neighboring houses. The 70 sqm apartments on the two floors made of wood by Rubner Haus have an identical structure, the layout of the rooms changes: the rear part consists of the bedrooms (one master and one single) and the bathrooms, towards the valley instead it extends the living area with kitchen and living room, an environment that is almost unique with the outside.

Strong personalityUnlike the houses that surround it, the architecture of the entire building, characterized by a few decisive elements such as vertical battens and the color of the facades, is simple and has a strong personality. In short, an “extroverted” house, with volumes pushed towards tradition.