DUOPUU is designing a new life for an abandoned villa made of 100% wood and never finished. The greenest building is the one that already exists; this is even more true if the starting point is a house already built in timber.
Selected portions of main bearing elements, both horizontal and vertical, have been analyzed to define the entity of mechanisms of wood degradation in the CLT panels and design specific intervention methods. The project's goal is not to demolish the villa and not re-build a new one, demonstrating a new scale of circularity both in the impact of the building construction and the re-used materials and minimizing the new ones / Client: private / Total surface: 300 sqm / Status: on-going.
In a small village in Valsesia Alpine Valley, DUOPUU is providing consultancy for the restoration project of a typical traditional house out of stone and wood, supporting the client-designer in his responsible choices concerning the environmental sustainability of the new materials and technological solutions. Larch massive timber structures, hemp+wood fiber insulating panels, and lime plasters will be the main components to create a new balance with the original materials and construction techniques / Client: private / Status: on-going.
As research fellow and adjunct professor of Politecnico di Torino Paolo Simeone is member of the scientific committee and the jury of the Wood Architecture Prize competition – editions 2023 and 2024 – established by Fiera Bolzano as part of Klimahouse and Klimahouse Wood Summit to attribute recognition to the quality of architectural projects, constructions, and engineering works in wood and enhance the different professionalisms of the wood-construction supply chain at a national level. Scientific partners: Politecnico di Torino and Università Iuav di Venezia.
DUOPUU collaborated with Enrico Molteni Architecture office in the design of a new kindergarten made out of engineered wood and organic/bio based building materials, interpreting the curvilinear shapes of Enrico Molteni’s project in an unconventional wooden building using standard and certified elements. First prize Competition / Design: Enrico Molteni Architecture / Status: finished / Total surface: 1700 sqm / Drawings and pictures by Enrico Molteni.
DUOPUU is providing the technical consultancy for the executive design of a new net-zero emission small educational workshop designed by Atelier delle Verdure – architecture & landscape studio. The new building entirely made out of CLT structural panels will be almost-100% natural, renewable, recyclable and reusable. The architectural components will be based on certified low embodied carbon materials: cork and wood fibers for the insulate panels and prefabricated cross laminated timber panels for the structures. Moreover, the project is working on ensuring a minimum environmental impact for the construction phases and for the entire lifespan of the building / Concept and design: Atelier delle Verdure / Co-design and works management: DUOPUU / Client: private / Status: on-going / Render by Atelier delle Verdure.
As research fellow Paolo Simeone collaborated with Guido Callegari – professor and researcher in architectural technology – to design the original graphics in his very interesting essay Vertical extensions as a strategy for the resilient city inside the new book "Roofscape Design. Regenerating the City upon the City" (Berlin, Jovis, 2021) written by Guido Callegari and Gustavo Ambrosini –both professor at Department of Architecture and Design, Polytechnic University of Turin. The graphics support the essay helping the reader to show the complex connections between the construction sector and the circular economy, existing buildings' architectural additions and the whole life cycle carbon assessment and the adaptive reuse as a driver for the development of new scenarios and strategies / Hands: Nina and Zeno.