This small house in the Italian coutryside was designed to be simple and cost-effective. It is covered, walls and roof alike, in copper shingles, making for an eye-catching building that at the same time is compatible with its rural setting.
The house sits on a small parcel whose limited building area was further constrained by the presence of trees. As the client wished to keep all the existing trees, architect Antonio Ravalli designed the house to sit between them. The trees also influenced other aspects of the design. Ravalli positioned the windows to provide views of the trees as well as to take advantage of their shade. To avoid problems with gutters getting clogged by leaves, the house was designed without them.