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Casa CM

Fagnano Olona

A tree can't mature in a few days.

My trees are still twigs, my sons are still children, my house is not finished yet, there is still a little something to be done, everyday life is magic.

Perhaps architecture needs time.

The design of this house was an opportunity to deal with the problem of constructing in a radical and anti-cyclical way.

The majority of the construction was “self-made”/”self-constructed”; except for the foundations and the installation of the perimeter walls.

The desire / necessity to use materials and construction techniques that are sustainable, economic and require minimal labour has dictated all the design choices.

The walls of the house comprise interlocking timber panels assembled without the use of glues. The internal structure is a steel frame, and the exterior consists of a ventilated facade made of ecological fibre cement.

The desire / necessity to embrace the history of this specific place, refusing the contemporary urban expansion; orientation and location of settlement are dictated by rural architecture. Building typology and finishing materials have been inspired by the first “heroic” industrial expansion. Organization of the lot, the economy of materials, and the decision to self-construct are congruent with the period of re-colonization of the land, which occured at the hands of immigrants in the mid-1900s.

The desired / necessary independence in realising the construction was also adopted for financial reasons, thus it was not in any way funded by banks.

Hyperborean literature is but one of the drivers of the will to break the absolute immobility of our country, that the crisis has accentuated.

Juoksuhaudantie (Kari Hotakainen), Doppler an elk is for life... not just for Christmas (Erlend Loe), The Best Village in the World, The Howling Miller (Arto Paasilinna), as well as: The Man Who Planted Trees (Jean Giono), and The Gardener's Year (Karel Capek), were modern inspirers in fighting against skill and stupidity, accepting the imperfection of matter, the building in its own right, the form, the completion times in favour of content, training, nature.

Project Team

Paolo Carlesso

Project Director

Francesco Covelli

Architect assistance

Simone Bossi


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