The Judo House was designed for a couple and their young family. Both clients are Judo enthusiasts, the wife being a former Olympic Judo competitor. Besides the usual requirements of a family home, they wanted a space where they could teach the children Judo. Therefore, the basement became a multiuse space with martial arts as its core activity. Circular floor windows on the ground floor living area allow light and views to the Judo practice below.
We used the concept of the screen, with its long architectural history (such as the Morrocan and Indian screen), as well as its modern manifestations in everyday life (the television etc), as a generator of architectural space and surface for this small inner-city site.
Anna Nervegna, co-designer