Single-family passive house and “Living Building” on historic and environmentally sensitive site near Canossa Castle (RE), Italy.


This project is near and dear to our hearts, as it will be our own future residence. We are currently in design phase and are only able to work on it in our spare time. As they say in Italian, “il calzolaio va con le scarpe rotte” (similar to: “the shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot”).

The concept is a house hidden into the hill beneath the Castle of Canossa. Our objective will be to celebrate the historical significance of the site while using advanced building technologies to create a home that can serve as a prototype for efficiency and sustainability in rural Italy. We will be pursuing Living Building Challenge and Passivhaus standards, two of the most ambitious environmental certifications available.


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