Pleonastic is Fantastic by AMAA


AMAA – collaborative architecture office for research and development

Simone Bossi




Lonigo, Italy


The tension between old and new find its realization in the pleo- nastic stair – an object seemingly suspended in balance within the space. What is pleonastic is not strictly necessary. The stair wasn’t necessary in the first place; neither was the supporting strut. The invention that the stair brings about is its independence from the slab and the walls. The self-supporting stair does not interfere with the beauty and the fragility of the wooden slab and the load-bearing walls. That’s how the stair from being pleonastic becomes fantastic.

Like an Escherian connective element between two worlds, the stair is once a rising pathway, once a scenographic background. It is once embraced by the space and becomes part of it, it is once an intrusi- ve addition where the tension between old and new originates. The stair rises out of the new concrete ground, which, along its perime- ter, reveals a 3 cm interstice from the walls to embrace the natural crumbling of the inner walls’ surfaces.

The building is characterized by thick stone walls and by a timber roof truss, timber beams, and clay tiles. The meticulous restoration involved the careful search and the recovery of salvaged materials from other similar local sites to integrate the original roof. The han- dcrafted rusty steel window fixtures, along with the restoration of the original wooden floor, complete the conservation project.

The handcrafted rusty steel window fixtures and their handles of small thickness, together with the restoration of the original wooden floor, complete the conservation project.

Text provided by the architect

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