Posts by: Marco Carlini

Brick architecture again – We are not talking about architectural masterpieces (see previous post on Palazzo Carignano) here but how brick (laterizio) was used in the rural, traditional architecture in the Umbrian and Tuscan farmhouse. Bricks or pianelle (thinner brick of 2,5cm.) were, in fact, often used as diaphragms in barns, sheds and in general [...]

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If in Umbria the main material for building architecture is stone, when I was in Turin the other day, I had the confirmation that Palazzo Carignano must be one of the best examples of brick architecture. A splendid baroque palace of 1679 by architect Guarino Guarini, in which brick is used in all the elements [...]

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A short trip a few days ago has taken me back, after many years, to visit the splendid Reinassance architecture of Donato Bramante (at least attibuted to him, although there is no certainty) in Todi: the church of Santa Maria della Consolazione, a centralized Greek cross plan of the 16th century, beautiful and austere, with a [...]

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This new swimming pool was finally completed just before the hot Umbrian summer started. The design is the result of the close collaboration between the architect and the client, a Danish couple who recently bought their dream holiday home in Umbria. It is a standard, 6m by 12m rectangular pool with roman steps on the [...]

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Architect or geometra?

On September 23, 2010 By Marco Carlini

Most people don’t know the difference and they are not to blame, really. There is generally a ‘deliberate’ confusion in Italy about who does what and who is entitled to do it. As Europe is pressing Italy to re-define and reduce the roles of ‘geometri‘ (surveyors) in the building industry, some Italian MPs had the [...]

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Umbria: Stone Architecture

On September 14, 2010 By Marco Carlini

How many stone walls have you seen in Umbria? Certainly many, as Umbria has a long and consolidated tradition of stone buildings, as opposed to other areas in central Italy where bricks are more frequently used.  And these walls were all different! The peculiar aspect of a stone wall is its uniqueness, given by the [...]

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In the last few years, we heard a lot about alternative energy, sustainable architecture, energy saving, etc.. I thought that as an architect myself I should give good example and so I became producer of ‘green’ energy: on the roof of my house in Umbria I have installed 15 photovoltaic panels that produce electricity…clean and [...]

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After the August “Ferragosto” holiday, we are back on site to complete the wooden house in Umbria, on the hills near Umbertide. This building has a 14cm. thick insulation (ecological wood fiber panels) on the roof as well as a ventilated chamber below the roof tiles: this provides energy-saving and comfort, both in winter and summer. [...]

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I’m currently working as the project architect on a wooden house in Umbria, near Umbertide. It is amazingly quick to build, it is ecological and, more importantly, it is highly efficient in terms of energy saving. The thick wood-fiber insulation, together with its solid wood structure, will guarantee that the building will fall within class [...]

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