The concept of project challenges the size of the site and the constraints imposed by local law in force with a clever play of perspectives. Working with two opposing rotations between them of 4 degrees, the two levels above ground are offsetting one another, implementing a game of perspective that allows you to increase the scenographical point of view, increasing considerably the quality of the space. Hence the origin of the name of the project, Shift Housing.
The effect is technically achieved by a simple trick: the basement floor of the main facade that emerges above ground to 1.2m rotates anticlockwise, while the first floor, rotates clockwise. The result is two volumes with two opposite directions generating an X in front. Designed also for structural reasons, the gap between the two volumes is a strong sign that emphasizes the perspectives. The view towards the natural park, a protected area, has determined the orientation of the building.
Each of the six apartments can enjoy the outdoor space: a double garden in the case of the ground floor units, and a ‘loggia’ on the upper floors. The roof is flat also thought to facilitate a photovoltaic system. The three bodies divided by the stairs are maintained in the rear of the building, where the overhang of the loggia is repeated to emphasize the game volume.
The effect, with the open cantilivered ‘loggias’ is a strong dialogue and a seductive exchange between full and empty space, lightness and dynamism.