Double-height doors with large glass panels, and other emblematic elements, have been reproduced inside the house to give the house an impressive character, perfectly integrated into its surroundings.
The result of this is a contemporary 600 sq m home with bespoke cladding and finishes. Marble was used to redesign and reinterpret the surfaces and cladding, while a selection of metals was used to accentuate the approach the architecture was designed to create. Metal was also used to highlight the contrast between the materials. The wood and glass combined with the lighting system create spectacular plays of light and shadow.
Studio Marco collaborated with Lualdi for this project, which realised the bespoke doors and boiserie, as well as the elevator cabin. The wall and door partition system has been covered in leather to aesthetically integrate with its surroundings.
Research into colour played an important role in the development of the design. Favouring a highly varied and sophisticated range of colours, where neutral colours alternate with brightly coloured elements, such as marble being used to highlight these contrasting effects. A contributing factor to this was the careful selection of furnishings by the client, whose desire was to maintain and preserve certain elements from the previous home.
The house has four floors with large interconnected rooms. The house embraces a setting that encompasses comfort, style, hospitality. Large, backlit, metal-framed Honey Onyx panels suround the room, while marble floors with metal joints pace out of the room and highlight the leather upholstery with metal inserts. In the middle of the room a box lift gives access to the upper floors.
The living area, located on the second floor, features double-height ceilings that emphasise its grandness, loaded with historical pieces chosen by the client, with the more contemporary elements of the design selected by Studio Marco Piva. A bioethanol marble fireplace warms the room and creates intimacy within the space. Marble, fabric, and wood combine to create a prestigious and exclusive ambience.
On the same floor, a tailor-made wine cellar gives a very strong visual effect made of a backlit Honey Onyx panel enhanced by a Champagne metal frame to create a visual continuity with the entrance on the lower floor.
On the third floor, a master bedroom is characterised by a redefined elegance. The effect of the different materials used combined together throughout the floor create a visual cohesion between the sleeping area and the private bathroom, in which marble dominates the entire room. A large bathtub completes the sleeping quarters, outlining the area set aside for relaxation. Each bathroom in the house features a different type of marble, so different finishes and sanitary fittings were chosen in accordance with the clients desired effect.
The house holds three other private rooms on this floor, each featuring different combinations of materials and each with an en-suite bathroom to accommodate guests. The construction of the scenic staircase, custom-designed by Studio Marco Piva, interconnects the three above-ground floors.
On the top floor, access to the terrace, through a glass skylight, can be opened with a high-tech sliding system, that opens and closes automatically. By means of a completely hidden motor, innovation combines with the historic building to open up a view of a stunning panoramic view. To facilitate the view of the city, a study was carried out in order to create a floating floor, raised by roughly 50cm. A mosaic swimming pool with glass features plays with light and reflections, echoing the colour of the sky and harmonising stone detailing and outdoor furniture that was personally selected by the client.
Altogether, the house comprises a panoramic rooftop a living room, a dining room, a show kitchen and working kitchen, a music room, a laundry room, a terrace with a swimming pool and an outdoor kitchen with a barbecue, and four bedrooms with a private bathroom, and one guest bathroom.