The roof is not only an integral part of a building, but it significantly characterizes its external appearance, especially with regard to historic buildings of great landscape value. Like the ancient Borgo di Vione, whose restoration work also includes a patented solution that has the purpose of preserving the exterior appearance of the roofs, while allowing them to function in line with current needs.

 

REQUALIFY THE ATTIC ROOMS

Historic buildings in Italy are in fact typically equipped with an attic, which was usually used as an attic, an alternative warehouse to the cellar. Recently, however, the architectural recovery interventions have focused on the redevelopment of these spaces, which in several cases have become residential areas. It was therefore necessary to create openings with windows, called skylights, to allow the entry of light and the exchange of air. A useful and practical solution, but not without its impact on the landscape.

 

THE LANDSCAPE VALUE OF ROOFS

“Roofs in Italy are a characteristic value. Especially abroad, Italian cities are often depicted from above, with panoramas showing the roofs of historic houses, traditionally built in tiles, with the typical red color that thus becomes a characteristic of our country “, explains the ‘architect Patrizio Cimino, responsible for the historic restoration of Borgo di Vione. With the restoration of the attics, however, “the window openings are making the color continuity of the roofs, characteristic of Italian cities, disappear”.

 

UNA SOLUZIONE CHE PRESERVA LA BELLEZZA

This situation “creates a strong landscape impact, which we often tend to underestimate. We are all used to looking at houses from below, but the beauty of a historic city like Florence can also be admired by looking at the view from above “, observes Cimino. In the case of Borgo di Vione, “together with the Superintendency we tried to find a solution to preserve the artistic beauty of the roofs, and at the same time allow their modernization”.

 

PATENTED ALUMINUM COVER

Basically, says the architect, “with the Borgo di Vione company we have studied and patented a roofing model that is applied over the opening of the velux window, composed of a perforated aluminum sheet of the same color as the roof, which allows the passage of 94% of the light into the underlying environment, and at the same time makes the viewer perceive an image of total continuity with the roof to those looking from above “.

 

AMBIENTE NON SIGNIFICA SOLO CURA DEL VERDE, MA ANCHE TUTELA DEL PAESAGGIO

The solution adopted in Borgo di Vione, underlines the architect Cimino, “represents a further way of preserving the artistic beauty of Italy, taking advantage of another characteristic typical of our country, ingenuity, and at the same time allows us to modernize the housing solutions “. All “in full respect of the environment, which not only implies the care of the green, but also the protection of the landscape. If we were able to apply the same method in historic centers, the appearance of our cities from above would certainly improve “.