Montalcino is found in the North-central part of Italy, between Siena and Grosseto, close to the border that separates the regions of Toscana and Umbria. The house is situated in a wild and uncontaminated area surrounded by forests and hills teeming with vegetation and wildlife. The land directly surrounding the house is in a valley where several other buildings can be found, the most interesting of which is a water-mill dating back to the 15th Century and a little church next to it. All these buildings were completely abandoned when purchase of the property was made. The main concern of the architect Gerda Vossaert in renovating the house was the preservation of the entire structure with the idea of turning it into a simple summer house, but with the frills and comforts of a modern home. This is a three-level structure of two storeys. A spacious kitchen and elegant sitting-room can be found on the ground floor, while the bedrooms and service rooms are located upstairs. The basement sports a pool, a gym and a wine cellar. The little church has conveniently been turned into a guesthouse. The light was designed to “embrace” the house, maintaining the true nature of its origins and respecting its heritage. The search for truth is our mission when we work to illuminate any space.
The common denominator of this project is threshold light that greets guests to the house and leads them invitingly into the various spaces and rooms contained within. Our impressive and enormous Moon illuminates the kitchen, creating a soft light in which to cook and eat, but also giving a romantic appearance to the kitchen from the outside. The tables have been lit with emphasis to better accompany moments of sharing, friendship and intimate conversation. Of course, there is also “service” lighting, where it’s more the light than the idea behind it that counts: for example, our invisible Nulla lights in the pool or the familiar Toast and Dot lamps in the chambers and bathrooms. The external part of the house is illuminated solely with points of light. We believe in lighting exteriors as little as possible, or at least doing it in a very delicate way. The main doors are monogrammed with naked light bulbs containing filaments that are visible and dimly lit: a little invention of ours for the occasion. Finally, we have used the light from the windows to illuminate the space directly around the house, devised a technical solution to illuminate passageways and erected an IMU to greet with a smile all the people who will have the great fortune to visit this dreamland.