18018EH_SR
Val di Noto, Sicilia, Italy


And now my meandering takes me
to that composition glimpsed from
the SS115, scattered around, inside
and on top of that rocky porous
tuff, that aromatic hill.
Olive, almond and citrus trees
alongside bushes of local caper
and thyme, engaged in their battle
to conquer the travertine ground
as the six senses take over.
(Credits ©Marco Cappelletti)

SR Bended ground curves into concrete
slabs and stone walls turn.
(Credits ©DIMA)
A landscape organism seems to arise from the earth
inself. A metamorphosis is taking place,
and I am lured into the animal womb.
The Baroque spirit lingers as my
very body oscillates within the fluid
space while strolling through the stone
palace. The walls on either side of
me bend to generate convex and concave
surfaces and courtyards that allow
in the light.
(Credits ©Marco Cappelletti)
Facades gaze towards the landscape
in search of the right exposure and
once found, open up to it in an illusion
that dilates the space to infinity and
dematerialises the masses around me.
No mortar is found between the
massive 300-kilogram stone blocks, curved
and piled. I experience the outside
inside the building. Intimate and silent
in their continuous interpenetration,
architecture and nature entwined.
Just as some corridors lead
unexpectedly to the water tank,
these moments are not collisions but
encounters. To the north-west, a
beam breaks free and bends in on
itself to form a flying concrete ring
that hovers above the ground to delimit
a courtyard without enclosing it.
(Credits ©DIMA)

In the sofa's embrace, I pause to
absorb the sunset. Lines predominate
the architecture and generate a living
organism.

I snake along the house
trails. The sense of spatial dilation
and contraction is here continued.
Concrete floors of varying colours
and materials help me find my way
along paths that expand here to become
living space or come together there
as tangents on circles, geometries
to define the functions that peace
and discretion demand.
I rest inside the cool round living
room and on the round seat. The
scent of burning wood drifts into
my consciousness. Paths fold upon
themselves only to ascend and descend
in steep or gentle stairs, merging
or drifting levels apart.
Movement is central.
"How big is this palace anyway? How many rooms
are there? Nobody knows, not even Uncle. He says
a palace in which you know every room isn't worth
living in."
- Il Gattopardo, Luchino Visconti.
FACTS

Design Team + Project & Construction Management
FONDAMENTA
Collaborators: Nicholas Compagnoni, Dario Biscaro, Francesco Telesa (Construction Supervisor), Pusterla Francesco (BIM Manager)

Interior Design
FONDAMENTA

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

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

Contractor
Tomar Group + Avola 21 (Construction company)

Client
Private

Building data
Gross Floor Area 2962 sqm
Number of Levels: 11

Chronology
Design: March 2019 – September 2020
Construction: February 2021 – July 2022

Typology
Private House

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2016
16010CM
Monforte d'alba Piemonte
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2021
21035M30
Via Meli, Milano, Italy
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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
Bergamo, Italy
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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
Via Lamarmora, Milano, Italy
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Projects
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
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
Lecture
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Press
Fondamenta
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.


Team
Nicholas Compagnoni, Alberto Smaldone, Chiara Carraro, Luca Redaelli, Tommaso Tugnoli, Francesco Pusterla (BIM Manager), Francesco Telesa (Construction Supervisor)
from 2016
Dario Biscaro, Gabriele Pagani, Marina Montresor, Caterina Spadoni, Matteo Broggini, Alessandro Zanella, Margherita Massafra.
Francesca Gagliardi was born in 1987 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 AAM, Switzerland and at KTH Stockholm, Sweden gaining his diploma in 2012. In 2012 he co-founded OSA, Associazione Studenti Accademia AAM and in 2013 he co-published the research ATLAS How we Learn to stop Worrying and Love the Tradition. From 2013 to 2015 he worked at Christian Kerez office, Zurich, and in 2016 he co-founded FONDAMENTA.
Teaching
From 2015 to 2019 he has been Assistent for Christian Kerez Chair, at the first year and Master at ETH, Zurich, CH. In 2018 together with H.Killer he has been responsible 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
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.


Team
Nicholas Compagnoni, Alberto Smaldone, Chiara Carraro, Luca Redaelli, Tommaso Tugnoli, Francesco Pusterla (BIM Manager), Francesco Telesa (Construction Supervisor)
from 2016
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 AAM, Switzerland and at KTH Stockholm, Sweden gaining his diploma in 2012. In 2012 he co-founded OSA, Associazione Studenti Accademia AAM and in 2013 he co-published the research ATLAS How we Learn to stop Worrying and Love the Tradition. From 2013 to 2015 he worked at Christian Kerez office, Zurich, and in 2016 he co-founded FONDAMENTA.
Teaching
From 2015 to 2019 he has been Assistent for Christian Kerez Chair, at the first year and Master at ETH, Zurich, CH. In 2018 together with H.Killer he has been responsible 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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