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Three terraced houses – Class A – Near Turin (2015)

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Three terraced houses

New construction of terraced houses, each one with 250 sq.m. surface distributed over 3 floors, and garden. Energy performance < 50 kWh/sq.m.

The intervention of the three villas construction is included in an urban residential expansion plan of a small town in the surroundings of Turin. The urban plan of reference requires a traditional construction type, however with some project choices that characterize the building surrounding the area. Each villa has 80 square meters on the ground floor, 80 sq.m on the first floor with sloping roof (average height 2,65 m) and 90 sq.m in the basement.
The three housing units have staggered fronts in order to exploit each one, on one front, the maximum depth of the external arcade space; this choice creates movement in the construction in terms of volume and for the roof layers. The buildings structure is made of reinforced concrete, with brick masonry and wood roofs; the external facade is overall insulated with performances above the legal requirements. The facades partly have a plaster finish and partly are covered with porcelain stoneware tiles, with travertine marble effect, of different elongated format “a correre”. Dormer windows on the attic floors have been conceived as net and squared volumes emerging from the roofs, matching the facades. Another characteristic feature is the sliding blinds on the facade, with the same surface of the window frames, substituting the traditional Piedmontese shutters but retaining their function and the same percentage of darkening. Finally, the porch covering the outer space of the central house (in order to bring more natural light into the rooms otherwise penalized) was realized with a laminated wood supporting structure and covered by sheets of transparent glass.
Each house has a radiant floor heating system powered by a condensing boiler, solar thermal panels producing hot water and photovoltaic modules covering part of the electricity consumption. Re-use of meteoric water for irrigation of the private green areas is expected. The global energy performance index is less than 50 kWh / sq.m., for A2 and A3 energy classes.
For this intervention, Architect Andrea Milano was the designer with architect Marco Miraglio, and was construction site manager and energy consultant.

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Andrea Milano, OATO registered architect. Architecture degree at Polytechnic of Turin with a graduate thesis in Bioclimatic Design and a year studying at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura in Valladolid, Spain. He has collaborated with several Italian and international architectural firms (among others, with Carlo Ratti Associates, Cliostraat, Haworth-Castelli and FIAT Engineering) and with the City of Turin in the urban &amp; street furniture sector. Today he works as a designer, construction site manager, energy consultant and project team coordinator for large-scale assignments. He works in residential, commercial, ho-re-ca, tertiary and industrial fields, managing both new constructions and transformation of existing buildings, with a particular experience in office spaces and restaurants. Thanks to a successful team of consulting designers and collaborators, he provides a wide range of integrate designs for architectural, acoustic, lighting technique, structural, thermal and electrical plant engineering, fire prevention and work safety. He has a technical and professional knowledge of Spanish language. Competitions / Awards: 1st Place Award: competition for full design reliance of preliminary, definitive and executive levels, and for coordination of work safety in the designing phase, for the extension of the Municipal Library of Peschiera Borromeo (MI). 4th Place Award: design competition for the construction of the new center for Civil Protection and Fire Fighters in Arco (TN). Publications: Chapter “Bioclimatic Greenhouse in Rome” in the book “New European Bioarchitecture Manual” (VV.AA.), Mancosu Publishing, 2007. Article "Passive house, active environment" in the magazine “Oxygen”, n° 10, Codice Edizioni, 2010. Article "Rotterdam: not wasted energies" in the magazine “Oxygen”, n° 08, Codice Edizioni, 2009. Article "Transparent double-skin facade: designing quantifying obtainable energy saving” in “Il sole a trecentosessanta gradi”, Newsletter of ISES Italy - International Solar Energy Society, 2005.

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