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Going back to the countryside: Nat Office designs HHCR House


A contemporary interpretation of the typical «porta morta», an historical countryside typology space in Italy that becomes the fulcrum of a new concept of architecture.

According to Nat Office’s architects, the HHCR project, located in Corticella (in the province of Modena, Italy) consists of a fascinating country house anchored to the horizon line (dominated by the bank of the Tresinaro) and characterised by a surprising hollow space.

Two side wings help to ground the house in the plot: they slide on each other by a transparent double height passing through which links the spaces of the bedrooms / studio on the first floor through an hanging balcony.

The open space on the ground floor places the kitchen in the south-west corner in continuity with the staircase and the tv room in the north-east corner, leaving the double height living space as the core; the porch as a solar diaphragm and jasmine canopy configures the open-air extension of the living room, while the first floor rooms extend the house towards the bank of the river; on the opposite side the private entrance to the house is linked to the services (garage and dependance) through another hanging jasmine canopy.

It’s time to go back to the countryside.

Photographs by Filippo Poli.