At the end of the town of Rancate, a stair cut in the steep ground lead to a walkway enclosed between a wooden meadow to East and a retaining wall to West.
The structure of StockerLee Atelier, with a rectangular plan (6.60 x 17.60 m) obtains a basement devoted to technical rooms and modelling. From here, the buried concrete nucleus rises as a diggable mass, so to include the flight of stairs, the bathrooms and an alcove which, at the first floor, together with working and meeting rooms, hosts a kitchen. The ground floor is a space open freely to the co-working area, where to gather around a large table.
The height of the ground floor is lowered with respect to the ground line, so that the perimetral concrete walls, bending inward, may offer a continuous working surface overlooking the grass surface outside.
On the top of this fence, in direction East-West, the structure rises by means of twenty-nine precast wooden portals repeated and the ceiling, cut longitudinally by a continuous skylight.
At the first floor, the slab, covering part of the entire area, allows an elevated view of the working space downstairs, lighted from above.
The wooden frame (like a shine skeleton) is externally coated by a cover composed of long and narrow elements in terracotta, with a burnished-red color.
Text by Alessandro Mosetti, dott. arch IUAV Venezia