Paramount – Alma Residence By Plasma Studio

Plasma Studio have made the Paramount – Alma Residence in Sesto, Italy.



This task was conceived to fulfill a 2-element problematic: (1) Residence Alma–a Tyrolean guest residence with 6 holiday apartments from the 1960s adorned with a pitched roof–was due for a widespread circulation and service core, and (2) the task architect, Ulla Hell, was seeking for a new property for her youthful family members of 5 in the mountain local community of Sesto, Alto Adige. The outcome: an underneath-utilized roof space gave way to an angular crown, linked to a ground floor reception room and architectural office by the host’s renovated spine.

Obtaining currently produced their mark on nearby Residence Königswarte with the addition of the Strata Hotel in 2007, Plasma Studio sought to adhere to a related skin organization. A timber strip area in larch wood was borrowed from the neighbouring Strata and extruded along 2 paths. The very first stretches across the website, picking up the topography on both finish of the building and climbing to enclose a third storey balcony. Right here, the edge skirts close to the current footprint, leaving corners exposed to acknowledge its presence.

A 2nd path draws the timber skin up from behind, folding around the chimney to return to the ground. Interstitial spaces amongst the exterior walls and wooden bands swell at ground degree to offer you sheltered outdoor living spaces. The design crew employed parametric modelling computer software to optimize the density of these timber strips and their metal substrustructure, balancing spending budget, aesthetics, privacy and views. This method allowed for flexibility during the layout phase and output store drawings for pre-fabricated factors at an efficient tempo.

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The Alma addition departs, nevertheless, from the Strata in its approach to volume. The sensible constraints of a multiroom hotel structure called for a typical distribution of modules along a connecting spine. The perceived volume was accomplished through horizontal sections close to free of charge-flowing terrace spaces. With the Alma, we took advantage of a a lot more flexible system to develop exclusive spatial situations. These interior volumes are rendered legible from the exterior by the timber strips an honest depiction of the playful activity inside of.

The interior of this household house is characterized by 360-degree views. Maybe the most spectacular of these currently being a view of the sky by means of an incision in excess of the central stair. This opening delivers an instant reading of exterior weather conditions, collecting precipitation and obtaining direct sunlight.

The major residing spaces are split in excess of 2 floors with first floor bedrooms off a skylit corridor, and an open strategy kitchen, dining and loved ones area encircling a fireplace on the second floor. By grouping practical components in orthogonal cores, the surrounding room is liberated. The exterior walls of the major residing spaces collapse inwards to catch light, views and various degrees of enclosure.

All residing spaces in the private residence have direct entry to the outside through a series terraces or gardens. Its multiple access factors include: a main entrance by means of an internal connection to the neighbouring property, a series of openings that stick to the natural topography, and an external stair connecting the third floor terrace to the backyard. Every single inhabitant has come to locate their very own favourite route.

Limited material and colour palettes give power to the room, with splashes of colour in the children’s washroom. The otherwise white walls supply a backdrop for an ever-modifying show of shadows from the pleated roof over.
As the extension sits inside the steep topography, substructural components had been created in reinforced concrete, even though the superstructure was created from prefabricated cross laminated timber (CLT) insulated with wood fiber and sealed with black bitumen. The outer skin in larch wood strips on a galvanized steel framework was determined according to cost and aesthetics by the aforementioned parametric model. A constantly limited colour code was applied to the exterior, permitting the volume to dissolve into the surrounding hillside when viewed from afar.

Via its use of form, materials and views, this newly finished addition flirts with its context at 3 scales. The first, and most immediate, with its host: as an addition to the Alma residence, it shares a newly renovated core, carrying the fractal geometry from the roof down to Plasma’s Italian office through the Alma’s cartesian skeleton. The 2nd, with its neighbour: with each other the Strata and the Alma define the up coming generation of the household-owned hotel complex. And ultimately, with its terrain: the sculptural addition acts, not as a parasite, but as a mediator among the existing residence and surrounding topography, extending from the landscape like a lichen.

Layout: Plasma Studio
Partner in Charge: Eva Castro, Holger Kehne, Ulla Hell
Style Crew: Peter Pichler

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