Cocooned in Timber – Casa Piva by B.E. Architecture
Casa Piva is a small yet layered home defined by a slow revealing of spaces and experiences. Andrew Piva, Project Architect and Director at B.E. Architecture, refers to his home as a labour of love – it is simultaneously warm, inviting and highly functional thanks to the use of Evenex Sincro in Tuscan Oak as a surface material.
From the street, Casa Piva doesn’t reveal too much of itself. However, upon entry, one is met with an intriguing and experiential journey through spaces that are designed around a series of small courtyards. The foremost entry takes place through a modest-sized door from the laneway, through which one is greeted by a large and intricate courtyard with trees coming up through apertures in the roof – a scene reminiscent of an Italian villa.
Once inside, Casa Piva reveals a compressed, dark and moody ambience. This slowly transitions as you journey through the home. The first glimpse of the kitchen, which is adorned with Tuscan Oak joinery, reveals the warmth and comfort the casa brings forth. The home is compact but features generously sized rooms. Within the residence are three bedrooms as well as a study, which doubles as a TV room and guest bedroom and its flexibility. The master bedroom is spacious and cocooned in timber. reveals
Central to the home’s allure is the extensive use of Evenex Sincro in Tuscan Oak from Elton Group, which is the hero material for surfaces and joinery. Affordable and the most authentic and realistic printed woodfibre timber-look surface, the material is already sealed and lacquered and has a textured grain that beautifully bounces light off its surface. Andrew uses the surface innovatively across wall panelling, joinery, doors and other surfaces, changing the direction of the grain so it becomes a distinct feature of the interior spaces. The effect imbues a unique blend of warmth, texture, complexity and classicism.
Andrew and B.E. Architecture worked to create a home that feels calm, warm and balanced. This is achieved through the use of Evenex Sincro as a core surface material against a considered selection of materials, a beautiful art collection and a pared-back aesthetic.