It’s finally finished! After a quick start, in which the main structure was erected in about 10 days (!), some financial delays occurred and the work progressed quite slowly for a while. The structure is in X-lam 10cm panels (cross laminated timber) with external insulation made of 12cm thick wood fiber panels (18cm on the [...]

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After over two years of intense labour and collaboration between the various trades (builders, electricians, plumbers…and the architect), a new restoration in Umbria is now completed. Formerly a farmhouse with a pig-sty, this complex sits in the foothills of Monte Acuto, with extensive views over the Umbrian landscape. I have already posted some other pictures [...]

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I have just started a restoration work in Bagnoregio, the small town in Lazio famous for its amazing ‘suburb’, Civita di Bagnoregio, the so-called “dying town”, a true jewel founded by the Etruscans, noted for its striking position atop a plateau of friable volcanic tuff, in constant danger of distruction as its edges fall off. The [...]

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My other passion besides architecture is wine, but I realized I have not posted much about this pleasurable subject. On October 19th I went to Rome, as I have been doing in the last few years, to attend the “Tre Bicchieri” (3 glasses) wine award ceremony that takes place every year at the Città del [...]

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3 new pools in Umbria

On August 10, 2013 By Marco Carlini

This June I have completed three swimming pools for three different properties in Umbria. This is the first one, a 10x5m simple rectangular pool overlooking the Upper Tiber Valley just South of Umbertide. As it sits with its shorter side towards the view, as expressly required by the client, I have made this the infinity [...]

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Energy-efficient, cost-effective and maximum comfort: this is the future of construction and retrofitting. The Passive House Institute (PHI), based in Darmstadt, Germany, ” is an independent research institute that has played an especially crucial role in the development of the Passive House concept – the only internationally recognised, performance-based energy standard in construction.”  I am becoming more and more [...]

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When a client asked me to transform his tiny, dark basement into a wine cellar where he could store and taste hiw wine collection, I thought I was in heaven! A new job and the possibility of creating a ‘home’ for one of my greatest passions: wine! My passion for wine started about 15 years [...]

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The restoration of this old farmhouse in Umbria is nearly completed, it’s now time for terra-cotta floors. The terra-cotta or ‘cotto’, as we call it, comes from Cotto Etrusco, a local factory which produces a wide variety of terra-cotta material, but it is well known for its wood fired cotto floor tiles. They are hand-made, [...]

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Last week I went to Ecobuild, the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment. Finally the issue of designing and building sustainably and energy-efficiently has become a recognized must and not just a pretty slogan to sound trendy. We need to design and build houses – and offices, factories, public buildings, etc. [...]

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See previous post on the fast building of this wooden house in Umbertide, Umbria. This is a truly ecological, highly efficient, energy-saving new architecture in Umbria. The eaves and the triangular balcony on the first floor are in X-lam, the same structure as the walls, but used horizontally. The same could be used in the [...]

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