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Located in Vallacarca Avenue, Casa BV had been constructed in the seventies with most of the day facing south, west, and east. The renovation aimed to resolve three main customer demands: to improve the climatic conditions of the house, to enhance the connection between the kitchen and the living room, and to optimize circulation spaces.
The exterior carpentry of the house has been substituted for a wooden one, which helps reduce energy demand and limit external noise. A renewable energy system based on aerothermia was installed for heating and cooling purposes.
Secondly, instead of opening a big space in the load-bearing wall connecting the kitchen and the living room, a new secondary corridor is projected in order to double the relation between the two spaces. The prolongation of this new space creates a secondary hallway, parallel to the southern facade, which allows passing through adjacent spaces from the most public space, the living room, to the ensuite bathroom of the master bedroom, the most private house within the house. This secondary corridor contributes to maximizing the spatial dimensions of the house as well as to multiplying the spatial connections between the different rooms. Therefore, the kitchen with a central island and four accesses, one in each corner, makes it an authentic junction, the heart of the house.
Finally, the elimination of some interior spaces makes possible to transform the original corridor into a sequence of interconnected functional spaces.