Soldati House was designed by architect Victor Vasilev as a specific request by the customer to create a functional and contemporary environment in a house built in the 90s in Carrara, Tuscany, Italy. The house three story dwelling had to accommodate the life of a family of four, without sacrificing the convenience offered by the world today. The idea comes from a clear choice: to create a space in which to unite under the leadership of geometry, material, light and functions, taking care of every detail, so that the final result is characterized by a visual unity.
Here is a description of the project from the architects: The house was built in the 1990ies, without design ambitions. The owners wanted the interior to look ‘Milanese’, i.e. ‘ultramodern’. I decided on a complete overhaul, appreciating the space potential – 4,704 square feet (530 square meters) on three floors. This is not a weekend retreat but a family house and the aim was to create a contemporary domestic environment functional in every aspect.
Travertine marble and Indonesian teak were chosen for the material palette. The design is based on the composition of simple square volumes. The custom-made furniture is integrated in the architecture of the house. A few ‘classical’ design pieces enrich the interior.
The final result is achieved by the interplay of space, materials, custom-made furniture and indirect lighting. It gives out the warm, white glow, which softens the interior.
The living area is focused on the ground floor. The rooms of the living, dining and kitchen flow into one another seamlessly.
The master bedroom, the children’s bedrooms and a guest bedroom are on the first floor. The low bench in the master bedroom serves as a visual link with the bathroom, thus avoiding distinctly divided spaces. The black washbasin is designed to hide the mixer taps.
The family wanted a spa area, so the basement is devoted to relaxation. Here you will find the area audio & video and wellness space. A sauna, a big bathtub for four and a massage area were constructed in the basement. A home cinema room with a folding screen was added.
Clients often live in fear of being ‘ forced ‘ to give up their way of life to be able to get into the ‘ temple of domestic architecture ‘. I believe that the success of the project lies in the fact that we have found functional and aesthetic solutions to all the needs that may last over time.
Photos: Adriano Pecchio Photography
Casa F/H is a stunning apartment designed by Studiomobile, situated on the upper floor of a construction built in the 60s in San Donà di Piave, near Venice, Italy. The penthouse flat faces a huge south oriented terrace which offers a beautiful view of the river Piave beyond the tree-tops. The refurbishment completely upgraded the technological systems in terms of energy efficiency and thermal comfort, as well as completely redesigned the spaces.
The living was designed as an open space facing directly the outside terrace, which in summer becomes an extension of the sitting room. Here the different environments are marked by the furniture dividing functional areas without creating any boundaries. The huge wardrobe encloses the living room and it is both a closet, a technical piece of furniture, a fireplace and a bookshelf, also embracing the large sliding door.
The uniformity of the element, in hardwood lacquered white, is interrupted by the free form doors, by the colored niches and by the natural iron inserts creating graphic details. The huge wardrobe, as well as the couch and the kitchen, were custom designed and produced by local handcrafts. This allows the furniture to merge with architecture and to become one. The coach is enclosed by two columns of raw concrete producing two different ways of living the space. The kitchen furniture acts as a screen concealing the cooking area through two glass houses, filtering out the light and the gaze with flowers and aromatic plants.
The penthouse flat was entirely cobbled with oak wood boards which acts as a trait d’union, linking the living with the sleeping area. The same cladding was used in the main bathroom where wood boards face the tub, and in the master bedroom where it becomes the structure of the bad, of the night table and of the walk-in closet.
Photos: Giulio Boem
S. Lucia Country House is situated in the countryside of Appenino, Tuscany, Italy, in an ancient village, situated at the foot of the mountain. The owners are a professional couple , Paolo and Alessia , who works in the nearby town of Prato, but lives among meadows and rugged peaks with their three children. A great environment to raise children and to practice one of the passions of Alessia, champion extreme triathlon and running.
They found this building in a state of total abandonment, but that did not deter them. They decided to rehabilitate the home, commissioning interior architecture studio b-arch architettura, who worked with the studio q-bic . “The goal was the return to origins”, says Alessandro Capellaro , a partner of b-arch: The “skin” of the house is left as it was, although adapting to seismic legislation and building insulation. The distribution was not touched, walls were removed to win light.” Stone floors, whitewashed walls, wooden terraces, beamed ceilings, brick arches … were key to the success of the project.
Everything responds to a search of authenticity without further ornamentation texture of natural materials and old. The decor, as masterful contras, is inspired by well dressed contemporary surprises. So, along with linear forms illustrated conceptually with contemporary furnishings — sculptural objects coexist, recharged by beautiful lamps, oriental furniture, animal skins, a wonderful art deco collection … merging into a more “harder” the profound essence of Tuscany and a transgressive aesthetic vanguard.
Photos: Nuevo Estilo
Relais Masseria Capasa is a sumptuous hotel with stone walls surrounded by beautiful olive trees in Martano, Italy and designed by Paolo Fracasso. The hotel is immersed in the colors and smells of the countryside, with the name ” Capasa ” used because of the location in which it was born, once mainly used to store wine and oil. The historical building dates back to 1746 and the architect restored the property back to its original grandeur. The design embodies a double movement: to accept the daily life and harmonize the perception of environmental space. It communicates with the tradition and the places where the use of an extremely natural stone, with its color and appearance, manages to create figures that evoke softness. It creates comfortable environments to evoke a feeling of “home” and welcomes you with a new light that blends mingling with the stone and creating color and shape so that they live for themselves, thrilling what surrounds them.
Photos: Pecchio Adriano
We just received pictures of the latest contemporary project from architect David Coluzzi DAZ of Sor Duilio, restaurant and fish market in Rome, Italy. The main objective of this establishment was to combine selling fresh fish to retail and restaurant, a unique concept, have a look at the pictures and let us know what you think. Here is a project description from the architect:
The idea is to combine the activity of selling fresh fish to retail and restaurant. The concept is based on the combination of elements that evoke the sea, as in a boat that floats surrounded by sea and fish scales. The ‘cold atmosphere of the fish market is interspersed with wooden elements in the food to make the atmosphere cozy and warm. The restaurant consists of two large rooms, the first is entry is dedicated to retail businesses and cocktail tables with lighting point, the second room features tables with benches covered as in a ship. The story of Sor Duilio is told on the walls thanks to large photographic prints vintage interspersed with backlit displays.
The volumes that emerge from the walls are covered in wood and give the place a scan irregular breaking the rigidity of the pre-existence as elements of a wreck. these elements are inserted into the line of the horizon between sky and sea.
Photos: Courtesy of © Davide Coluzzi
House M2 is situated in Bolzano, Italy designed by Monovolume Architecture + Design as a Klimahouse A which hosts two accommodations on separate floors. Because of his punctuated facade in the north and the east it seems closed to the access road. The plastered basement serves as pedestal for the smaller upper floor, which is covered by cladding sheets. To the garden – towards the south and the west – the house opens because of a generous glass facade. The two flats are protected against strong insolation in summer by overhanging roofs. The ceiling of the basement serves to the upper floor as a roof terrace, whereas on the roof of the upper floor is the photo-voltaic plant. The apartments have a direct access from the underground car park.
A continuous wall, which passes parallel to the exterior walls, separates the night area from the day area, which is turned to the glass facade.
This creates a clear separation in areas with different lighting qualities.
Photos: M&H Photostudio
This beautiful home overlooking the Menorcan Bay connects perfectly between the interior and the landscape of the island, designed by studio Codo a Codo Arquitectura. The Sicilian country house features walls that soar between secular carob, olive and almond trees. Dating back to the early 1800’s, this property features architectural wonders of the rural tradition of Ragusa, in the southeast of the island. Full of history the home was inhabited for centuries by a single family that had a very close relationship with the land and with the people of the area.
The current owner fell in love with the house ten years ago, when he first visited Sicily and slept in what was still a stable. One of the things that fascinated him was its magnificent location, with the Hibleos mountains, succeeding tirelessly over the plateau to go into the sea, a surprise that is not found anywhere else on the island.
Inside, the various rooms were once haystacks, warehouses, stables and accommodation for the lads, shepherds and laborers. The owner wanted the reconstruction to stay close to its roots, a project of the architect Arturo Montanelli, scrupulous with the characteristics of the area, that reuses local and sustainable materials. On the outside, the courtyard is paved with cobbles of limestone, and there is a cistern for collecting rain water located in the center. The home is now like a luminous ship, full of harmony and serenity.
Terrace and swimming pool were projected on the top floor to enjoy the panoramic view of the Bay.
Photos: Courtesy of Codo a Codo Arquitectura
The House in Urgnano, Italy has been designed by Matteo Casari Architetti, built on a small lot within an expanding residential area. The conditions of the project site are interpreted by discordance and none of the facades overlook outside the perimeter. In the typological and stylistic multitude of the context, the volume of a rectangular plan oriented parallel to the main road, reduces the mute relationship with the outside to blocks. The anthracite concrete box, raised a meter and a half off the ground, can be entered only one way: the entrance, helped also by a slight fold of the glass wall that divides the porch. Outside, the only materials that characterize the 3,767 square foot (350 square meters) building are concrete and glass, to which the diaphragm is delegated, not only between inside and outside, but also between the two different interiors of the house and of the porch. The basic rectangle is juxtaposed by the pool rectangle of equal size, the only element not contained in the box.
Photos: Andrea Martiradonna
This incredible project is an historical preservation and extension of a small Saracen trullo, a typical rural building found in the Ostuni region of Italy, with an adjacent structure, a lamia, which remained only part of the perimeter walls. The renovation was undertaken by Luca Zanaroli Architetto with the intention to not only recover the existing buildings, but also take advantage of the possibility of creating an extension so as to triple the existing surface (originally less than 40 square meters) to establish at least four bedrooms.
Slightly recessed and lowered, the new volumes hinge the nearby structures while voids and large windows open the interior to daylight and the outdoors. Continuity between the materials and colors of surfaces smooth the transitions between the old and new. Inside, mortar coats floors and walls to unify the interior and reflect the southern daylight that enters. Minimal furniture and locally crafted objects compliment the qualities of the rustic atmosphere.
Photos: Max Zambelli
Restored with ultimate respect to local tradition, Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, situated in the Sassi area of Matera, a town in Southern Italy is a 9,000-year-old Italian cave dwelling. Literally cut into the volcanic tufa of the Matera hillside, the caves of Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita were originally a stronghold for Italian peasants. Forcibly removed in the 1950s, many of the peasants came back against the government’s wishes. Today, the area has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is attracting curious travelers to its snaking rooftop streets, craggy hillside drop offs, and stone cathedrals.
At Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita, great care was put into restoring the 18-room hotel. They were very clever in keeping the integrity of the caves intact by using the original architectural materials from the area, disguising the use of modern technology and maintaining the new design to a minimum. The decor of the rooms is very basic using plain furniture built out of recycled materials, yet keeping the rural historic tradition through colors, textures, scents and even candles identified with the area. Where elements needed to be added to bring in modern amenities, like freestanding Stark baths, were chosen based on their unobtrusive design. Their philosophy was not to betray the ‘soul’ of the building, but to preserve the caves’ rural heritage. Stunning perspectives, original hand-hewn church building blocks, and some dramatic illumination make for magical moments at this extraordinary hotel.
To stay at this sensational boutique hotel, rates start at $131 per night, from here.
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