Border Crossing House

17 / 12 / 2019
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Photography: Alessandro Magi Galluzzi 
For Simone Subissati, “luxury is how we use the spaces. It is the kind of lifestyle implied by the project and by the site. It is not an ostentation of fancy and precious artifacts”. In fact, that was also the main premise to conceive the Border Crossing House, a private residence set in the hills near Ancona, in Italy, right where cultivated fields are.

The profusion of nature is brought into the home through the numerous openings, with different shapes and functions, that frame the lush grass fields and contribute to the markedly gentle visual environment. More than simply transparency and connection, this house is defined by the preciousness provided by the different areas - not only on the ground floor, where we uncover the red-coated living area, kitchen and spa, but also on the upper level, painted in white, gathering the private rooms.

A wooden staircase painted in white connects both levels, providing a fluid circulation between all the spaces. “I was fascinated by the rural houses of my grandparents in the Marche countryside, characterized by a straight forward simplicity, a true essentiality that is very different from today’s trendy poetic of minimalism. They were houses that could be crossed from room to room, the work space on the ground floor, connected and open on both sides”, the architect tells us.

Alongside with materials such as steel, laminated wood and self-cleaning plaster, sustainable techniques also respond to the house’ needs, such as a rainwater collection network with underground tanks for water supply or pilasters that accommodate drains and ventilation ducts. Furnishings in solid ash wood or pre-finished board panels of pine enhance the feeling of comfort and warmth.