In Liguria, the renovation of a dilapidated building resulted in a cozy nearly zero-energy house, cool in summer and warm in winter

Casa G in Moneglia in the hills has preserved the load-bearing walls in local stone

Surrounded by the silvery green of Ligurian olive trees, Casa G is an example of a building based on the principles of bioarchitecture. In Littorno, hamlet of Moneglia, Liguria di Levante (Italy), Tiziana Monterisi Architetto is the author of the renovation project of a 19th century dilapidated building that was turned into a holiday home characterized by minimal environmental impact and very low maintenance costs.

The minimal living area of Casa G includes the colors of the natural environment

Rice straw, clay, opus signinum, wood treated with natural oils, paints made from plants, triple glazed windows with two spacers were used to achieve the excellent energy performance of Casa G, in which the passive solar contribution is used for heating in winter.

Partial view of the transition from the first to the second floor of Casa G

As to the interiors, architect Monterisi paid particular attention to colors, combining green and orange as a clear reference to the shades of olive trees and nets used for the olive harvest.

The house is cool in summer thanks to the excellent natural ventilation typical of the hilly landscape, humidity levels

are regulated by interior clay plasters and, if in winter it is too cold, a small wood-burning stove will complement the passive solar inputs. [Text Giulia Bruno]

Bedroom with special windows and outdoor shower