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Umbria, Italy


The focus of the proposed project was to enhance the sensorial experience and sense of place, where the guests can discover the surroundings landscapes.


The legacy of the ancient architecture of medieval Umbria’s small-town, framed by the long hills and braided with vineyards and natural beauty, in this context the site is a place to discover the breathtaking surrounding landscape. Balancing the needs of the project brief, the architecture language define a complex that is discreet to its surroundings. The complex’s site is divided into separate volumes, which are connected through circulation routes some indoor and some open-air.

TW complex would offer not only a space for guest houses, wine tasting and outdoor gathering area as stated in the building programme. It could be a a place for tourists and local to learn more about culinary adventures and its regional history. Rather than a traditional tasting area, the space is intended to be more like a pavilion. The pavilion consist of three spaces: a spectacular lounge entrance, a wine gallery on the left side and a dining room with kitchen area on the right. Each space visually communicate with the environment, eliminating the concept of wine center as closed place.


The shifted oriented and fragmented guest house volumes, are carefully planned to support functionality and framed view through visual journey that blend inside and outside, the natural and human touch. Solids build space assemble the voids. Earth volumes hide and protect the interior. Each guest house comprises a cozy living area to give occupants a place to enjoy the indoor surrounding, a kitchenette, one master bedroom, and a large wellness bathroom for relaxation.
The perimetric openings provide passive cooling and fresh air circulation within the interior, natural daylight that penetrates into the space, reducing the need for artificial lighting


The design seeks to enhance slow living, taking its cues from the Italian lifestyle. The agricultural design vocabulary reinforced the identity of the land to create a dynamic interplay of light, shadow, reflection, and repetition. Wrapped in glass, the spatial blocks feel transparent, dropped in among the vineyards. Rammed earth and natural stone connect internal spaces to the traditional Italian countryside. The pool recalls the exalted role that water plays in the region. Its central placement provides cooling and lighting effects and reflects the project’s many layers of articulation. The design merges natural materials that are often used in the local vernacular, such as natural stone, metal, wood, gravels and glass.


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