villa set into olive grove
villa set into olive grove
Category: Built, 2022
New development in Liguria, Italy
Villa MM is a family building of ca.160 sqm embedded into the Ligurian landscape overlooking the sea and mountains.
The house is composed of 3 bedrooms with the focus on the open-plan living and outside patio and swimming pool. A linear shape was developed to embrace the nature of the existing site, a terraced environment with a dense olive grove. The west facing building is defined by a natural stone facade, large openings, timber sun shading elements and cantilever and earthy colors to blend in with the surrounding Mediterranean landscape.
Villa MM is a family building of ca. 160 sqm situated in the hills of the Ligurian Riviera overlooking the sea and the mountains.
The linear building is composed of one floors and embedded into a mature olive grove.The volume responds to the surrounding landscape focusing on the main view and sunlight.A linear shape was developed to embrace the nature of the existing site, a terraced environment with a dense olive grove. The west facing building is defined by a natural stone facade, large openings, timber sun shading elements and cantilever and earthy colors to blend in with the surrounding Mediterranean landscape.
The building is situated in a residential environment but responds and preserves the natural scenery and landscape of the existing site. An important factor on the site was the olive grove which was integrated into the project, surrounding today the entire villa. Beautiful picture framed views onto the tree tops are captured through the large openings.
The facade is composed by a rhythm of large windows and natural stone which was retrieved from the site in combination with artisan timber elements and sliding shutters combining beauty and function. Large floor to ceiling high openings with high thermal performance maximize views and natural light melting the inside with the outside. The hidden window frames are embedded into the floor and ceiling, as well as into the external timber cladding and internal lining. The sliding shutters allow you to transform the entire glazed facade while controlling the solar passive gain of the building. The embedding of the building within the existing trees also plays a key factor in controlling the solar passive overheating. The highly insulated concrete shelf, the thermal mass, the green roof with the efficient control of solar light and the use of renewable energy only, reduces significantly any thermal disparity and the consumption footprint of the building while obtaining a superior house comfort and air quality.
The entrance of the building is positioned to the back of th building, leading into the center of the house. Open views and windows to each side highlight the distribution axes and illuminates naturally the circulation spaces. On one side the spacious open plan living. Generous sliding doors and a grand glazed corner extend the living area onto the south facing patio, which functions as a filter zone between inside and outside. The patio offers direct access to the land and the adjacent garden with mature olive trees and the Pool.
The patio is the perfect location for outside dining and lounge. The space is sheltered from the sun and wind and offers breathtaking views towards the sea on the south side and towards the mountains on the west side overlooking the Pool and sundeck. To the other side of the villa is the more private sleeping area with 3 double bedrooms and individual outside terraces for each room. Each bedroom is composed by a full height and full wide window facing the mountains and the olive grove. The master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, is facing the garden on the opposite side of the living area with direct access to the land into the olive grove, a beautiful private retreat of the house. Bathrooms are naturally illuminated and ventilated by large openable skylights and defined by timber furniture and gres tiling in distinctive colours.
The conjunction with the nature offering impressive views over sea and mountains and the exposition towards the sun were key elements for the design and the arrangement of the spaces. The green roof minimizes the visual impact of the building. The villa is surrounded by Mediterranean essences and the permeability of the terrain is maximized by using a combination of gravel and stone surfaces. Natural sources and materials with local craftsmanship were used to define an environmentally sustainable design.
The interior is defined by a simple timeless design combining high quality pure materials and details, as stone floors and built in oak furniture.
The design of the kitchen and bedrooms is essential, built in furniture and doors are timber. The focus lies on the openings offering breath taking views.