The Dolomites house by JM Architecture is located in the Dolomite Mountains, which borders Italy and Austria. The idea of remodeling this house started because of an uncomfortable living situation. The existing building presented a very large and high entry hall with the rooms arranged around it, and it was always necessary to walk through it to move around the house. On the ground floor, the kitchen, dining room, living room and the study were not proportioned to the size of the house and there was not enough natural light.
For this reason the entire ground floor was demolished, and a new interior clear glass envelope with a gyp wall inserted is now the only separation among the different spaces. Few new volumes have been added around the house to extend the entry hall and the oversized family room, which include dining, relaxation and study areas.
To allow the maximum amount of light into the rooms, the facades have been replaced by a custom designed structural silicon curtain wall, with base and head mullions flush with the floor and ceiling, and large pop-out sliding doors to create interaction between indoor and outdoor. Because of the very low temperatures of the winter, the heating solution is the combination of radiant floor heating, perimeter floor radiators along the curtain wall, a gas see-through-the-outside fireplace and a wood one. Almost everything has been custom designed, from the entire kitchen to the tables, desks, gas and wood fireplaces. Via
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Photos: Hermann Gasser, Jacopo Mascheroni