20027FIGURA
Val di Noto, Sicilia, Italy


A thought on the recovery of the mutilated and daughters of unmanaged illiterate speculation that inhabit our territory arises. The will to take a stand before them follows.
The defense of skeletons as an alternative to the action of demolition for the transformation of these into architecture.
The project comes up from the desire to free the skeleton of the building and undress it of its soulless skin. The vertical and horizontal brick infill is demolished and the three-dimensional cage frame, composed of a structural system of reinforced concrete beams and pillars, is laid bare.
The relationship between container and content, expressed as skeleton and skin, is put in crisis. The skin, read as the variable apparatus of an organism, here transforms declaring its presence in the form of a new volume that defines the domestic space. Metamorphosis takes place.
A system of steel boxes covered in light metal panels as a parasite comes to life and creeps between the existing skeleton not following its rules but exploiting its structural function. The volume remains changeless but alters its appearance declaring its independence.
Two apparatus dependent on each other interpenetrate one other. One, rigid and cold, intended to support the architectural body, the second, variable and warm, committed to protect.
By bringing to light the bare construction in all its vigor and inserting in it a foreign body a new architectural organism is given birth.
Architectural bodies that transit on an inherited skeleton.
FACTS

Design Team + Project & Construction Management
FONDAMENTA
Collaborators: Nicholas Compagnoni, Chiara Carraro, Francesco Pusterla (BIM Manager)

Interior Design
FONDAMENTA

Light Design
Lisa Marchesi studio

Structural engineering
B&C Associati (Prof. Ing. Antonio Capsoni)

Consultants
Studio Tecnico Cannarella (Local Office)
Ems (Hvac-Mep Engineering)
Geotechnibla (Geoligist)

Contractor
Tomar Group + Avola 21 (Construction company)

Client
Private

Building data
Gross Floor Area 330 sqm
Number of Levels: 3

Chronology
Design: September 2020 – May 2021
Construction: June 2021 – July 2022

Typology
Private House
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2016
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2021
21035M30
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2020
20027FIGURA
Val di Noto, Sicilia, Italy
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2018
18018EH_RP01
Val di Noto, Sicilia, Italy
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2018
18018EH_RP02
Val di Noto, Sicilia, Italy
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2018
18015CP11
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2018
18019HM
Montagnola, Lugano, Switzerland
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2018
18018EH_SR
Val di Noto, Sicilia, Italy
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2015
15009LM
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Projects
2022
ELECTA
Nuove cantine italiane Casabella
Publication
2021
CASABELLA
Issue 921. Cantina dei 5 sogni, Monforte d’Alba.
Publication
2020
Platform
Issue 28. Best Italian Architects under 40.
Publication
2020
SuperPosition
Issue 01. A Journey through Fondamenta Homes.
Publication
2022
PROSPECTIVES, Bartlet Journal. Issue 02
The Algorithmic Form. Office Fondamenta.
Lecture
2021
CASABELLA FORMAZIONE
Giovani architetti italiani. Fondamenta + Supervoid,
Lecture
2021
TRACCE, Milano, IT
Episode 008. Building Virtuality .
Lecture
2021
TEDEA, IUAV, Venice, IT
Architetture. Affresco Italiano. Seminary FORM.
Lecture
2021
BARTLET B-pro, London, UK
The Algorithimc form
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Press
FONDAMENTA was born in 2016, it’s run by Francesca Beatrice Gagliardi e Federico Rossi and is based in Milan, Italy.

Milan-based FONDAMENTA was founded by Francesca Gagliardi and Federico Rossi. Strong is the belief in research and experimentation applied to construction where building is the end to which architecture must strive to become itself and technology the tool used to reach this result. FONDAMENTA questions conventions and supports contradictions. Fascination for structure and freedom from dogma represent the premises for the research; Structure traces space, organizes the program and generates the building. Governance of architecture through technology is believed to be the key to the creation of an organism.Technology drives efficiency, precision and control through the entire process. In 2019 the studio completed its first new building, the Winery of Monforte d’Alba, and is currently dealing with different scale projects, starting from a domestic infrastructure masterplan in Val di Noto, Sicily. Surrealism reigns supreme. FONDAMENTA believes in synergies between professional and academic worlds. Invited to lecture and publish on several international institutions and platforms, starting from September 2022 FONDAMENTA will be teaching as academic guest at ETH - Zürich.


Collaborators
Nicholas Compagnoni, Alberto Smaldone, Chiara Carraro, Luca Redaelli, Francesco Telesa, Francesco Pusterla.
from 2016
Diana Spagnulo, Tommaso Tugnoli, Dario Biscaro, Gabriele Pagani, Marina Montresor, Caterina Spadoni, Matteo Broggini, Alessandro Zanella, Margherita Massafra.
Francesca Gagliardi was born in 1987 Milan, Italy. She studied Architecture at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland gaining her diploma in 2012. She worked for Aires Mateus in Lisbon - Portugal, Ensamble Studio - Anton Garcia Abril in Madrid - Spain, and Christian Kerez, Zurich - Switzerland. In 2016 she co-founded FONDAMENTA.

Federico Rossi was born in 1987 Como, Italy.
He studied Architecture at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland and at KTH Stockholm, Sweden gaining his diploma in 2012. In 2012 co-founded OSA, Associazione Studenti Accademia Mendrisio and in 2013 he co-published the research ATLAS How we Learn to stop Worrying and Love the Tradition.
From 2013 to 2015 worked at Christian Kerez office, Zurich, CH being responsible of international Project. From 2015 to 2019 he has been Assistent for Christian Kerez Chair, at the first year and Master at ETH, Zurich, CH. In 2016 he co-founded FONDAMENTA.
In 2018 together with H.Killer he has been responsable for the Studio PROJECT BERLIN 200.000 Housing Units for Berlin, at ETH, Zurich and based in Berlin, Germany.
In 2019, together with J.Kacani, H. Killer, G. Ledermann he has been responsible of the Chair of Christian Kerez running his personal Studio STUDIO PANORAMA: 14 Views on Contemporary Architecture at ETH, Zurich, CH.
FONDAMENTA was born in 2016, it’s run by Francesca Beatrice Gagliardi e Federico Rossi and is based in Milan, Italy.

Milan-based FONDAMENTA was founded by Francesca Gagliardi and Federico Rossi. Strong is the belief in research and experimentation applied to construction where building is the end to which architecture must strive to become itself and technology the tool used to reach this result. FONDAMENTA questions conventions and supports contradictions. Fascination for structure and freedom from dogma represent the premises for the research; Structure traces space, organizes the program and generates the building. Governance of architecture through technology is believed to be the key to the creation of an organism.Technology drives efficiency, precision and control through the entire process. In 2019 the studio completed its first new building, the Winery of Monforte d’Alba, and is currently dealing with different scale projects, starting from a domestic infrastructure masterplan in Val di Noto, Sicily. Surrealism reigns supreme. FONDAMENTA believes in synergies between professional and academic worlds.
Invited to lecture and publish on several international institutions and platforms, starting from September 2022 FONDAMENTA will be teaching as academic guest at ETH - Zürich.


Collaborators
Nicholas Compagnoni, Alberto Smaldone, Chiara Carraro, Luca Redaelli, Francesco Telesa, Francesco Pusterla.
from 2016
Diana Spagnulo, Tommaso Tugnoli, Dario Biscaro, Gabriele Pagani, Marina Montresor, Caterina Spadoni, Matteo Broggini, Alessandro Zanella, Margherita Massafra.
Francesca Gagliardi was born in 1987 Milan, Italy. She studied Architecture at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland gaining her diploma in 2012. She worked for Aires Mateus in Lisbon - Portugal, Ensamble Studio - Anton Garcia Abril in Madrid - Spain, and Christian Kerez, Zurich - Switzerland. In 2016 she co-founded FONDAMENTA.



Federico Rossi was born in 1987 Como, Italy.
He studied Architecture at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland and at KTH Stockholm, Sweden gaining his diploma in 2012. In 2012 co-founded OSA, Associazione Studenti Accademia Mendrisio and in 2013 he co-published the research ATLAS How we Learn to stop Worrying and Love the Tradition.
From 2013 to 2015 worked at Christian Kerez office, Zurich, CH being responsible of international Project. From 2015 to 2019 he has been Assistent for Christian Kerez Chair, at the first year and Master at ETH, Zurich, CH. In 2016 he co-founded FONDAMENTA.
In 2018 together with H.Killer he has been responsable for the Studio PROJECT BERLIN 200.000 Housing Units for Berlin, at ETH, Zurich and based in Berlin, Germany.
In 2019, together with J.Kacani, H. Killer, G. Ledermann he has been responsible of the Chair of Christian Kerez running his personal Studio STUDIO PANORAMA: 14 Views on Contemporary Architecture at ETH, Zurich, CH.

Federico Rossi , Francesca Beatrice Gagliardi
Nicholas Compagnoni - Alberto Smaldone - Chiara Carraro - Luca Redaelli - Tommaso Tugnoli - Francesco Telesa.
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