The house is located on the east coast of Sardinia, facing the islands of Tavolara and Molara.
The main objective of the projects (both the renovation of the existing part and the building of the new wing of a holiday house for a family) above all was to set a dialogue with the natural context, so peculiar and to remove everything that did not belong to the place. We, as architects, wanted to take the best out of traditional materials in a very contemporary way which is our recognizable mark.
The house, a one-floor stone building, lies on the top of a hill and cannot be seen from the access road, while it opens up towards the sea on the opposite side.
The whole house is made up of of three volumes built as a U around the pivot area of the patio, surrounded by dry stone walls that continue inside designing the shape of the rooms. The whole project plays with the relationship between inside and outside areas, indoor and outdoor activities that exist with no limitation or boundaries in a fluid way. So, the natural light, treated as an architectural element to be shaped, is an important element that connotes the atmosphere of this small building as it can enter and penetrate free in the indoor rooms and invite to live. Reflects on the see below and on the water of the swimming pool with view contrast with shadows and some areas that lie in the shade of trees or big stone wall inviting to relax.
The approach to the project was moved by the respect of the context, driven by the choice of local materials related to the Mediterranean spirit of the house. The main materials that are protagonist of architecture and custom furniture are all natural Mediterranean materials, such as cedar from Lebanon and local Sardinian granite and trachyte stone. No exotic material was used and all manufacturing and building techniques used are typical local.
Materials: Sardinian filed stone - flamed, brushed granite - whitewash plaster – cedar solid wood