Can you tell us something about the A.G House?
A.G House in practice is a roof that contains the whole house. Inside we can find a mezzanine overlooking the glazed part and the kitchen on the ground floor. Below the mezzanine there is a closed part that houses a double bedroom and a bathroom.
In doing this project I wanted to respect the link with the territory, but at the same time to meet the needs of contemporary living. To put this into practice, which I could call a “transmutation of tradition”, I started using the materials that belong to the tradition, for example the roof instead of lamellar is in solid oak.
Now we find ourselves in a historical period a bit “strange” because almost nobody tries to use a language that has a following with respect to the previous one; now many people try to do things that have no connection with the past. From my point of view this approach has at least two problems, the first is that the little historical awareness hardly coincides with a reasoned project. The second we live in territories that have the usual materiality of our homes. It isn’t by chance that all our rural buildings are in stone, these houses that are still considered beautiful by all are perfectly integrated into the territory, something that often does not happen with modern architecture.
Sometimes looking at the landscape I wonder how the territory would be without the houses and almost always the answer is that it would be better. I think this is true except for those areas where there are houses built before the 60s.
Today, unlike in the past, we no longer feel the need to have a house that is the result of a cultural process; today a house is considered beautiful if it costs so much, nothing more.