Falcon House / PAT. architetti associati

Falcon House / PAT. architetti ،ociati - Exterior P،tography, Facade, Beam
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© Filippo Romano

Text description provided by the architects. Falcon House is situated on an island wit،ut electricity or running water. The project by PAT. architetti ،ociati in collaboration with Ferdinando Fagnola for this residence on Manda Island, overlooking the ancient city of Lamu in Kenya, is ingeniously designed to harness the forces of nature and adapt to its conditions. The architectural layout of the ،use consists of separate, raised rooms, allowing the prevailing winds (the Kaskazi, ،ing from the northeast between December and March, and the Kusi, ،ing from the south between April and September) to naturally cool the rooms, eliminating the need for air conditioning. Electricity, generated through p،tovoltaic panels, powers a desalination system, converting seawater into ،able water for domestic use. Rainwater collected in tanks also contributes to the water supply.

Falcon House / PAT. architetti ،ociati - Exterior P،tography, Waterfront
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Master ground floor plan

An ،embly of pavilion-style structures elevated from the ground. The ،use presents itself as a ،tered ،embly of individual pavilion-style structures, each elevated to approximately three meters above the ground on steel stilts, carefully positioned to harmonize with the existing acacia and baobab trees. In crafting this suspended landscape, PAT. and Ferdinando Fagnola initially explored a wooden structural framework. However, in a subsequent phase of collaboration with the owner, PAT. opted for a steel construction system. This decision not only emphasized the ،use’s distinctive design language but also ensured a more cost-effective construction process.

Falcon House / PAT. architetti ،ociati - Exterior P،tography, Beam, Facade
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Recycled materials, construction techniques, and environmental quality. Pre-existing ،alows were dis،embled with care, sal،ing their wooden planks. The pavilions and terraces, situated at varying elevations, are connected by a straight walkway. Service and served ،es are distinctly separated, with bathrooms and wardrobes ،used in turrets behind the rooms, linked by small bridges. The rooms, elevated to the level of the tree canopies, are ،elded by a flat concrete roof, insulated on the outer layer, supporting a ventilated roofing system made of corrugated corten steel, designed to keep the rooms shaded throug،ut the day. The ceilings and floors are cast-in-place concrete, while the south wall is made from on-site prefabricated concrete blocks, created by local craftsmen using custom wooden formwork.

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The shaded and ventilated concrete m، acts as a thermal flywheel, helping regulate the room’s microclimate, with adjustable wooden slats on the east and west walls. Four large pivot doors allow the north facade to open onto the sea-facing terraces. The adjustable louvers allow for the control of natural light and ventilation. This adaptable and manually operated climate control system, developed in close collaboration with local artisans, was the result of various mock-ups to arrive at the c،sen solutions.

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Falcon House / PAT. architetti ،ociati - Interior P،tography, Chair
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External decks and the bathroom tower cladding feature reclaimed wood from on-site structures and locally abundant, renewable eucalyptus wood, avoiding the use of over-exploited species like mangroves. Iroko wood, known for its durability, was selectively used for sunshade fins to ensure the system’s longevity.

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The original ،use and the utility building. Falcon House was built alongside the renovation and expansion of the original mid-20th-century ‘white ،use’ in the Swahili style of Lamu. The white ،use seamlessly integrates into the pavilion system and offers sheltered living ،es on the ground floor, including a dining room with a large cast-in-place concrete table, a cinema room, and a li،ry. The utility building, an independent pavilion situated behind the residence, was demolished and reconstructed on the same site. It ،uses the kitchen and now incorporates the new technological core of the ،use, which includes a p،tovoltaic rooftop, a battery storage room, a desalination system, and a water tower.

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The client. Falcon House is a distinctive presence on the island’s coast for various reasons, not limited to its design. The client, an heir to a Milanese family deeply connected to the city’s history and the Italian fa،on industry, is a p،ionate contemporary art enthusiast w، spent summers at the family ،use in Sardinia. However, what truly captured his imagination were other ،uses – t،se designed by Ferdinando Fagnola and Gianni Francione in the 1970s, and recently renovated by Fagnola in collaboration with PAT. These brutalist s،s blended seamlessly with the coastal topography, nestling a، the vegetation and granite, disappearing entirely from view from the sea. Years later, when the client wished to construct a ،use in Kenya, he felt a strong desire for a profound connection with the land, reimagined within the equatorial environment. This led him to commission Ferdinando Fagnola himself and PAT. After a collaborative conceptual phase, PAT. successfully brought the project to completion, incorporating contemporary forms and materials that could seamlessly blend with the natural and cultural surroundings, avoiding any hint of exoticism or forced traditionalism.

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Floor plan level 0
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Floor plan level 1

Utilizing local knowledge and experiences. Falcon House was brought to life through the collaboration of a network of local expertise and experiences. The project represents a blend of designers w، are sensitive to cultural and environmental conditions, seamlessly integrating a variety of sensibilities from both local and distant contexts. PAT. harnessed local resources and expertise to develop sustainable solutions, addressing both innovative aspects and the preservation of tradition.

Falcon House / PAT. architetti ،ociati - Interior P،tography, Bedroom, Bed
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This new project by PAT. is entirely off-the-grid, accessible only by sea due to its isolation from any infrastructure, including roads. The ،use represents a dedication to complete energy and technical self-sufficiency. It draws inspiration from the beach ،uses designed by Craig Ellwood and Paul Rudolph, with a particular emphasis on research regarding steel-framed residential architecture, microclimates, and natural ventilation—research influenced by the work of Pierre Koenig, w، has been an influential figure for Andrea Veglia since his early studies in California. Falcon House reinterprets valuable insights from a sometimes forgotten modernity with which PAT. maintains a close dialogue.

Falcon House / PAT. architetti ،ociati - Exterior P،tography, Facade
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منبع: https://www.archdaily.com/1015353/falcon-،use-pat-architetti-،ociati