The G family home in Sorengo, on the edge of Lugano in Ticino, is the category of villa that Palladio put forward as a contrast with the town house. The site, a long narrow strip of land on a steep slope, is part of a hilly area, bordered on its short sides by a private road and another property. On the long sides it is fringed by another site being developed and a wood that is legislatively bound.
The spaces are articulated according to the client’s precise requests, such as the fact that all the main living spaces on the ground floor, with a second floor devoted only to a games room, guest area and the solarium with a heated pool.
The plan involves an interchange of open glassed areas and enclosed volumes to house the technical and service zones as well as the closed rooms such as the study. From the entrance, positioned just over two metres from the road, a long corridor crosses the entire main floor, broadening as it reaches the sitting room and dining area. The house is a system that is reflected in the spaces.
Villa G has been designed so as to permit all the internal areas to open onto the wood: allowing architecture to become an environmental filter. A central patio increases further the important relationship between inside and outside.
The choice of materials is intentionally restricted; the walls are in pale cement treated with reflective paint both for aesthetic reasons and to protect them. Inside, the insulation is covered with white plaster. Externally the house has been clad in local stone. Opaque aluminium fittings bring a contemporary touch to the project as a whole.
Italian Contribution to the project
Structure and Construction supervision: Ing. Lorenzo Medici
Plant engineering: Ing. Mauro Gavazzini
General contractor: Dado srl
Landscape Design: Letizia Carpi
Stone floors: Tirone Edilizia s.r.l.
Parquet: Il Parquet & Co. S.r.l.
Fixtures : Secco Sistemi s.p.a.
Kitchens: Poliform® s.p.s.
Lighting: Artemide s.p.a.; Flos s.p.a.
Carpentry: Mobilificio Prealpi
Doors: L’Invisibile by Portarredo s.r.l.
Bathroom fixture and fittings: Zazzeri s.p.a.; Ceramica Flaminia s.p.a.
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