Contemporary Interpretation of the Interiors of an Early 20th Century Villa.

What interventionRestoration of a Historic Villa
For what resultA beautiful and efficient villa.
In what placeBrunico (Bolzano), Italy - Parco Clima
For which customerIPES Brunico
With which partnersAEI Progetti (Structures), Geom. Stefano Fabbrizzi (Safety)
Where are we nowCompleted Projects


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The project for Villa M redesigns in a contemporary key a villa located in a privileged position, with views overlooking the Florentine countryside.

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A recovery and refunctionalization that started from the flor-plan that had a closed layout, deriving from a highly introverted living concept of those who built the residence.

The intervention generated an unprecedented spatiality with large and bright environments designed according to the key principle of fluidity of spaces, thus also giving meaning to the large entrance by exploiting the space below the staircase: more functional spaces, rooms of more balanced dimensions, more spacious bathrooms.

The central entrance area is the heart around which the whole house gravitates and develops: a large full-height room, enhanced by the remodeling of the staircase, the insertion of a mezzanine and a second floor, which constitutes the center of the life of the ground floor (living area) and which animates the relationships between all the other rooms of the house that overlook it.

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Protagonist is the large staircase, a testimony of the union between recovery and history, which connects, distributes and defines the internal spaces, alluding to a new balance between classicism and contemporaneity.
The new way of living is strengthened by the direct connection to the dining and kitchen spaces, regulated by a maneuverable wall that generates a modern and contemporary space.
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The entire ground floor is connected through large openings that amplify the spaces. The post-intervention building is rediscovered as fluid and open to the outside: a new relationship with the surroundings is established and the richness of the views overlooking the surrounding landscape is rediscovered. 

The spaces on the ground floor are designed to be lived in continuity with the outside in the warm months through a new large terrace.

The attention to detail also shines through in the definition of this new identity, which is built on dialogue with the peculiarities of the area, on the choice of materials and the integration of bioclimatic strategies.

The opening of new skylights on the roof improves internal comfort, creating a natural chimney effect and cooling the interiors in the summer by taking advantage of the presence of nearby tree masses. Furthermore, in this way, light becomes the protagonist of the intervention, giving new character to the interiors and generating a widespread feeling of well-being.

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Recovered elements, such as the wood of the staircase and existing windows, and local materials such as stone, are combined with an innovative selection of technological tools, from insulation systems, to natural ventilation systems, to the new high-efficiency plant system which works at low and medium temperatures. Sustainability strategies that have lightened the carbon footprint of the building, optimizing consumption while respecting the historic building, given the presence of a landscape restriction.