1997 · Galliate L. (VA)

  • Collaborators: F. Lamon.

The project concerns the renovation of an existing pavilion in the park of Villa Bellardi with the change of use to tourist-receptive structure. The pavilion has always been used as an outbuilding of the villa, is a rectangular building of 25.5 x 12 meters and consists of a ground floor with viable coverage and a basement. In all likelihood arose as a simple rural building for the production of wine and as a repository of agricultural vehicles in mid-nineteenth century. At the beginning of the twentieth century was rebuilt on the south side blaming a thin body of the building used as a greenhouse (visible from the courtyard entrance to the Villa) and replacing the pitched roof with a flat roof terrace with wrought iron railings, new art nouveau . In fact it has intervened in full compliance with the existing, using materials and construction techniques similar to those used at the beginning of the century, a period in which you have defined the character and the current appearance of the building. Exterior doors have been replaced with windows of the same design and material (larch wood) as the original. It restores the slabs to brick vaults supported by steel beams kept in view. In the large room on the ground floor, which only work of fixed furniture has created a bar area with a breakfast bar made of cherry wood next to the wardrobe, which hides behind her a hoist connected to the area of ​​food preparation to the cellar floor. Given the new use of the building, which can accommodate receptions, parties and conferences, you also spoke improving the acoustics of the building: the new sound-absorbing ceiling of the hall on the ground floor has been laid between an I-beam and the ‘ other on a structure calendered in work recovering the design of the next times the greenhouse. In the basement there is instead converted into a wine tasting room of about 135 square meters with a barrel vaulted ceiling in brick and services for guests and staff, a food preparation area separate from the hall itself through a plank topped by a glass wall that still allows the view of the whole time. This space is directly accessible from the outside through an external staircase lined with stone. It was also decided to scrape the plaster vaulted brick and sand it, to realize the false walls with an air chamber surmounted by a frame made of larch wood and achieve a ventilated crawl space by removing and relocating after the original stone slabs . The long side of the room, instead of the original pavement was laid in a wooden partition larch wood slats, as if to evoke the position of the old wooden barrels. The staircase connecting three flights was restored by replacing the joists in larch of risers and treads coating (once solid brick) with terracotta slabs. The internal doors such as doors and wooden doors have been restored and put back in their original position. As for the landscaping of the pavilion, are restored iron and glass shelters exist. In fact, the building has a flat roof terrace without protuberances groundwater: in the past, all openings were protected by iron and glass shelters or canopies copper. It is made from a single shelter then suspended to protect the North and East sides of 1.60 meters protruding beams made with T-iron as the existing topped by sheets of shatterproof glass. The pace of these joists respects the rhythm of the openings on the front lines and the design of the wrought iron railings of the existing terrace. The hotel wants to be more air as possible and relates to the architecture of the building that has, at south facing large windows and outside a greenhouse made with joists “t” iron upon which the panes of glass. Of great interest are also the architectural and landscape Roccolo and the Park of the Villa. There are secular essences of great value, such as the Cedars of Lebanon, the red beech trees, the cypress and chestnut trees. Noteworthy are the perspective views from the Pavilion and the Roccolo, the scenes of trees deciduous trees, those of evergreen trees and those composed of hedges, rows of palm trees and fruit trees.

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