“I’M GLAD I WENT ALONG WITH THE IDEA,” SAYS THE OWNER. “IT ADDS AN IN­TER­EST­ING TOUCH TO WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN TOO SPAR­TAN”

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a foun­tain. An­other point of in­ter­est is the makeshift tree on top of the garage. “Ini­tially, I wanted to put a real tree there,” says the owner. “Carlo had a bet­ter idea—he con­structed some­thing more in­dus­trial. And be­cause I like bi­cy­cles, you can see that the ‘plant’ sort of re­sem­bles one.”

The home opens up to a large area, where the liv­ing room in­te­grates seam­lessly with the kitchen and the out­door pool. “It was very im­por­tant to me that the ar­eas ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic are larger than the bed­rooms,” says the owner. “These large open ar­eas make the house look big­ger, giv­ing ev­ery­one plenty of space to roam free.” For a family that loves to en­ter­tain, that’s only log­i­cal. On days when they hold so­cial gath­er­ings, they open up the glass doors that lead to the pool area, al­low­ing guests to trickle in and out as they please.

The kitchen is also a spe­cial place for the family. The lady of the house is a skilled cook, and this is where she pre­pares and serves her sump­tu­ous spreads. They also have their meals here; the cosy space gives the family a feel­ing of in­ti­macy. One of the most no­tice­able el­e­ments of the kitchen is the laser-edged pan­elling that sep­a­rates it from the liv­ing room. “I spent a lot of time look­ing for doors, and the op­tions that were read­ily avail­able in the mar­ket weren’t re­ally jiv­ing with what I had in mind,” says the owner. “Carlo sug­gested mov­able pan­els. These—as well as the pan­els for the downstairs pow­der room and upstairs bed­rooms—were laser-edged with neg­a­tive re­liefs of rock tex­ture, which con­form to the bru­tal­ist na­ture of the house.” Just out­side the kitchen is a con­crete and brass bar in­spired by the one owned by Tony Stark in The Avengers. Mix­ing drinks is one of the home­owner’s many hob­bies; hav­ing a cool­look­ing, fully-stocked bar was a big pri­or­ity for him.

The stair­case is an art piece on its own. Calma merged lay­er­ing tech­niques with op­ti­cal il­lu­sions to cre­ate a dy­namic struc­ture that tricks the eye. “It looks dif­fer­ent from ev­ery an­gle, and even serves

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