Patio House is the name of the new residential building designed by Studio Contini in Monticelli Terme and characterized by the presence of three patios, each one having different sizes and functions.
The first one we encounter coming from outside separates the master part from the services one; inside the house, the spaces are arranged around a central patio, which is covered by a large skylight and contributes to the internal climate well-being, allowing for the natural ventilation of the internal spaces during the summer months; a third patio is dedicated exclusively to the bathroom area.
The articulation of the spaces and the arrangement of the openings are conceived to define a multitude of visual relationships, between the interior spaces and the surroundings, framing different portions of the landscape from each room; you can discover the interior spaces in a progressive way, by rotating around the central patio: the clear reference is to the typological scheme of the Roman Domus.
The fronts of the Patio House are characterized by the alternating presence of solid masonry parts, in the north-facing entrance, and the large corner window, in the south area; in addition, thanks to the articulation of the wall parts and the roof, it was possible to build a series of different covered spaces, functioning as outdoor extensions of the house.
The finishing materials are plaster and a reconstructed stone cladding, for the internal and external walls, while floors were finished using concrete; the heating and cooling of the interior spaces are provided by a radiant underfloor system combined with controlled mechanical ventilation; finally, the photovoltaic panels on the roof power the heat pumps for the air conditioning of the building.