Cascina Lossano rural housing, Italy


Rural Housing: Architecture competition | Witnesses of a millenary agricultural tradition, Italian farmhouses represent a unique cultural heritage. Scattered throughout Lombardy, many of them have not withstood the passage of time. However, others have survived until today, such as the case of Cascina Lossano. There are many reasons why an architecture heritage of this kind should be rehabilitated: the secular history of its agricultural tradition, its unique typology and the precarious conditions of some of its buildings are just a few examples. The current condition of “agricultural ruin” certainly gives this Cascina a special appeal. Therefore, the biggest challenge is to understand what type of intervention would be able to give a new meaning to this original construction without affecting its authenticity.   Rural Housing aims to define new ways of living in the Italian countryside through the adaptive reuse of traditional constructions. The transformation of this historic complex into contemporary homes immersed in the landscape will determine a new beginning for this Lombard farmhouse. Participants are encouraged to be creative and to imagine a complete transformation of the disused Cascina with the ambition of enhancing its most characteristic features.  

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