Ponzano Veneto, Treviso
Architectural Design: Tadao Ando Architect & Associates
Structural Design: Ing. Giandomenico e Luigi Cocco
Project Manager: Ing. Giandomenico e Luigi Cocco
The design theme architect Tadao Ando wanted to express in the detached house just outside Treviso is that of the quest for the dialogue between the internal space and the surrounging environmental. The house, which is set over two floors, is partially underground and receives light and lightness from the large glass surfaces which look out over the amphitheatre-like gardens.
The building, executed by CEV, is punctuated by a network of axes that define the internal and external spaces, in which the sole exception is the tunnel entrance which exits the design arrangement: five metres high, it is strikingly like the portico of a modernist cathedral.
Realisation of the walls and monolithic slabs in architectural concrete required careful executive planning and the use of highly qualified workers throughout all the building phases.
The building, built using architectural concrete and glass, occupies just less than 2000 m2 and seems to sink among the specially-made little hills and the dense arrangement of trees positioned in a careful design creating a protective screen. Owing to the design’s careful focus on the privacy of the domestic environment and its ability to blend in with the surrounding scenery, the house designed by the Japanese architect is called Casa Invisibile (Invisible House).