Airbnb 1 Euro House in Sambuca, Sicily
MATTEOBRIONI sponsorship for Airbnb 1 Euro House project
Airbnb is looking around the world for a person ready to move and live for free for a year in Sambuca di Sicilia, becoming the host of a historic 'Casa a 1 euro', completely renovated and transformed into a designer home.
Thanks to the possibilities offered today by smart working and a renewed flexibility that allows people to live anywhere in the world, a person will have the opportunity to move to Sicily with their family or a person of their choice, on the sole condition of becoming a host and renting one of the rooms of the house on Airbnb.
The 'House at 1 euro' is located in the historic centre of the picturesque village of Sambuca di Sicilia, famous for being the first to launch the 'Houses at 1 euro' call in 2019 to combat depopulation and enhance the village's real estate heritage.
This project is closely linked to the pre-existing material, morphological and structural features of the building: a load-bearing masonry building characterized by vaulted spaces, pass-through rooms and wooden floors. As the building developed on three levels, Studio Didea conceived a project based on the vertical distribution of elements: two self-supporting stair volumes hosting a number of functions, designed in solid and perforated sheet metal to allow the passage of light, and a third volume made of mustard lacquered mirrors and mdf featuring a bathroom and a small ladder to access the mezzanine, thus completing the project.
The master bedroom and the kitchen are the only rooms with a specific and identified use; the others spaces are designed to take on a flexible configuration, with respect to the needs of those who will live there.
Despite the few openings to the outside, the rooms are bright and the doors between the rooms have been handcrafted in wood and glass to allow the passage of light.
A major focus of the project is to bring the light and atmosphere of the village of Sambuca back into the building, intervening with sensitivity and using local materials, creating a space capable of welcoming guests from all over the world, while keeping a clear vernacular identity.
The project moodboard is characterized by the traditional materials present on site and completed by elements that highlight the intervention, without distorting the existing tones. The new elements of the stairwells are highlighted by the choice of contemporary materials and colors - red and green painted metal sheet - in contrast to the neutral and natural tones of the lime and raw earth wall and floor finishes.