Fluid Home by Alessandro Isola

In today’s multifaceted world, fluidity seems to have become one of the most important requirements for managing its sudden changes. This is also true in the field of architecture, where conceiving adaptable and multitasking spaces that break away from the traditional, static functionalities we’re used to, is a significant step forward in creating projects that please an audience always looking towards dynamism and a non-traditional way of life.

Fluid Home, the house designed by architect Alessandro Isola in the Friulian countryside, moves precisely in this direction. To achieve this goal, the Pordenone-born designer also made use of the natural qualities of stone materials

how the project develops

In the Fluid Home project, Isola tackled the reinterpretation of an old family house’s spaces in the Friulian countryside, translating the traditional aspects of its environments towards a more versatile and avant-garde conception of daily life.

The basic idea was not only to revitalize the interiors and exteriors, extending the dwelling’s area (700 square meters) with modern and unique architectural structures, but also to change the “value” connotations of the various environments, transforming them into flexible and multifunctional spaces. Thus, in Isola’s realization, the TV is no longer the focal point of the living room. The kitchen – once solely for meal preparation – has become a place to work, socialize, and study, thanks to a three-meter-long wooden table that enhances these concepts of sociality and operability. The bedrooms and bathrooms on the upper floors are connected through retractable sliding walls, creating ever-changing panoramas. But the fluidity – goal of the entire project – is also achieved through other measures.

the fusion of indoor and outdoor spaces

Another distinguished feature of Isola’s realization is the perfect continuity that makes the interiors (the ground floor) and the exteriors essentially one space. Three elements contribute to solidifying this idea: the large sliding glass walls – which offer a privileged view of the garden with a swimming pool – the widespread presence of greenery in the living area – that makes it appear as the natural extension of the outdoor area – and the stone flooring – characterizing not only the surrounding area but also the ground floor.

In particular, the latter is made of Pietra Orsera and serves as an elegant pathway connecting the pool area to the interiors, featuring a prominent Japanese conifer. This single environment represents the true multifunctional heart of the residence, including the previously mentioned kitchen located behind the sofa arrangement.

natural materials used

The indoor-outdoor fusion couldn’t be achieved without the use of various natural materials, which are recurrent throughout the three floors of Fluid Home. Wood is certainly one of the dominant elements: this is evidenced not only by the large kitchen table but also by a 14-meter-long oak wall that functions as both the staircase balustrade and a display case.

Additionally, stone materials play a significant role: besides the Pietra Orsera walkway, which gives a refined brightness with its white tones, the residence also features frequent installations of porphyry and travertine, which provide the essential natural elements to make it seem like the imaginative internalization of the Friulian countryside.

Photo credits: Thomas Pagani – archdaily.com

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