The project was tarnished from the beginning of all the past experiences that have taken place in the house, memories fill every space and push you equally in both directions, keeping the building practically as if it were a Roman ruin or erasing everything and starting over, leaving no trace of previous life.
This dichotomy is precisely the starting point of the backbone of the designs, the triage of what gives character to the building and what can or even must be modified is our starting point.
The interventions seek to give back to Villa Leonor the atmosphere for which it was originally designed, a relaxed summer house...
The intention to intentionally underline the fun, relaxed and even naive use of the residence can be perceived in the layout of all spaces, both at the top and bottom of the apartments.
We have always tried to keep in mind that a house is to be enjoyed.
The location and morphology of the staircase was crucial for the development of the project, the intention was to point out the new" foreign object with a totally different materiality, acting as a wisteria in the buildings of the early 1900s, filling the small cracks, looking for sunlight, opening in the façade as the only opening that does not follow the shape and material of the single-family houses of the time.
The remaining openings that needed to be replaced or the new openings that were designed, were made following the traditional forms and materials, load-bearing walls, arches, wood and a detailed study of where the openings should be located according to the new designs.
The arches become the element that unites the old and the new, both in the interior layout and in the openings of the old and new facades.
Highlighting the oldest architectural form, used in caves by our ancestors, which brings us back to those summer evenings in which to play, anything can become our cave
The ground floor apartment is organised around the chimney defined by the two main arches that imitate that of the façade, the rest of the programme is organised around the main arches.
Constant contact between the interior and the exterior is pursued in all the spaces of the apartments, except in the space around the chimney, where introspection is reinforced.
The upper-floor apartment is a much more extroverted design proces S, conceived from the deep hedonistic pleasure in which long lunches, dinners and debates are shared in generous spaces and windows slightly disproportionate to introduce the outside world.
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The objective was to generate a monochromatic box where textures, furniture and souvenirs are acquired as the new house is installed."