LIV­ING ART

This fu­tur­is­tic-look­ing home is a colos­sal sculp­ture that houses gen­er­ous spa­ces and el­e­ments in­spired by feng­shui prin­ci­ples.

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This fu­tur­is­ti­clook­ing home is a colos­sal sculp­ture that houses gen­er­ous spa­ces and el­e­ments in­spired by feng­shui prin­ci­ples.

De­signed by for­eign firm Mer­cu­rio De­sign Lab S.r.l. (MDL), with project ar­chi­tect A.M. Ar­chi­tects, Villa Otto is the lat­est in a se­ries of award-win­ning bun­ga­lows that the Ital­ian stu­dio has de­signed for the same client. As such, the client had com­plete trust in the team’s abil­ity in com­ing up with yet an­other unique de­sign.

“The owner’s brief fo­cused on the num­ber and size of rooms that he and his fam­ily needed. He left the style, mass­ing and or­gan­i­sa­tion to

“OTTO” MEANS EIGHT IN ITAL­IAN,

A NUM­BER THAT IS AS­SO­CI­ATED WITH

PROS­PER­ITY IN CHI­NESE CUL­TURE.

us,” says Mas­simo Mer­cu­rio, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of MDL.

The home­owner is par­tic­u­lar about feng­shui and other aus­pi­cious sym­bol­isms, which in­spired the way ev­ery­thing was de­signed in his home. “Otto” means eight in Ital­ian, a num­ber that is as­so­ci­ated with pros­per­ity in Chi­nese cul­ture, and the ba­sic mass­ing of the home is also in the con­fig­u­ra­tion of a giant fig­ure eight. The home is sited against a for­est back­drop, which re­in­forces the feng­shui prin­ci­ple of sta­bil­ity.

The bold ar­chi­tec­ture, with its dy­namic curvi­lin­ear form and stain­less steel cladding, gives the home a sculp­tural pres­ence that el­e­vates it to the realm of art. The ad­ven­tur­ous mass­ing also led Mas­simo into mak­ing some bold choices about the ma­te­ri­als and the con­struc­tion sys­tem.

He be­lieves that the in­te­rior con­cept of a home should strongly con­nect to, and com­ple­ment the ar­chi­tec­ture. He draws an anal­ogy with mu­sic: “The com­po­si­tion of spa­ces is a unique piece of

mu­sic that moves as a melody from the out­side mass­ing to the in­te­ri­ors. This must be done within the same score and with a com­mon vi­sion, although it may use dif­fer­ent tem­pos in the var­i­ous move­ments.”

Mas­simo con­sid­ers Villa Otto to be the epit­ome of MDL’s de­sign phi­los­o­phy. “Its fu­tur­is­tic de­sign is a glance into the fu­ture, and we hope that it will be­come an icon for a new gen­er­a­tion of de­sign­ers,” he con­cludes.

A lo­cal fam­ilyA Good Class Bun­ga­lowHOME30,192sqf (land area);SIZE27,404sqf (gross floor area)

LEFTMDL man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mas­simo con­sid­ers Villa Otto the best ex­am­ple of MDL’s “in­te­gra­tive phi­los­o­phy”, where ev­ery­thing “forms an in­te­grated whole, a sin­gle ex­pe­ri­ence, to com­mu­ni­cate one driv­ing idea”.

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