Two souls

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IN CLOSE CONTACT WI­TH THE SEA OF ELBA, A VIL­LA IN­TER­PRE­TS THE DUAL SPI­RIT OF THE ISLAND, SEA AND LAND. REFLECTING THE CHANGING HOURS AND SEASONS WI­TH SHIFTS OF LIGHT AND CO­LOR.

words NI­CO­LET­TA DEL BUO­NO – pho­tos GIOR­GIO BA­RO­NI

Pie­tro Del Va­glio is one of tho­se lo­gi­cal de­si­gners. A ra­tio­na­li­st? Not ne­ces­sa­ri­ly. The mi­ni­mal look is not for him. But his choi­ces are al­ways ca­re­ful­ly thought out, ne­ver ac­ci­den­tal. Ne­ver a ba­nal mo­ment. Ju­st look at this sea­si­de re­si­den­ce on the island of Elba, de­si­gned for a cou­ple wi­th kids. It was al­rea­dy the­re, but it has been to­tal­ly rein­ven­ted, re­mo­ving the pit­ched roof and put­ting on a flat one, ra­di­cal­ly changing the lay­out, ad­ding plan­ts for a sha­dy gar­den rea­ched by means of a pro­me­na­de ma­de wi­th slabs of pie­tra se­re­na. Del Va­glio: «The clien­ts, friends of mi­ne, li­ve he­re year round. So I thought about a sun­ny, Me­di­ter­ra­nean hou­se that would not con­vey a sen­se of va­ca­tion, but one of set­tle­ment. It had to adapt to the rhy­thm of the days, the seasons». In­si­de, lar­ge open spa­ces en­cou­ra­ge in­for­mal ha­bi­ts. The lar­ge U-sha­ped living area si­gnals its va­rious func­tions on­ly wi­th shifts in the floor le­vel: the di­ning and con­ver­sa­tion spa­ces, in the arms of the U, are hi­gher, whi­le the living area is re­ces­sed. Vi­sual con­ti­nui­ty is en­su­red by the floors in slabs of pie­tra se­re­na and quar­tzi­te. Up­stairs, the be­droom zo­ne of­fers am­ple spa­ces and ele­gant ba­th­rooms, wi­th cu­stom sculp­tu­ral fix­tu­res in quar­tzi­te. This le­vel al­so con­tains a sort of an­nex wi­th its own ele­va­tor and a se­pa­ra­te en­tran­ce from the gar­den. The ar­chi­tect has de­si­gned ma­ny of the furnishings and the who­le kit­chen, and ad­ded sculp­tu­res by Ta­nia Scot­to D’Aniel­lo, and pain­tings do­ne for the oc­ca­sion by Si­mo­ne Chior­ri.

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