Ville & Casali

THE CHARM OF A SWIMMING POOL NESTLED IN THE ROLLING HILLS

A VILLA IN LE MARCHE A STONE’S THROW FROM THE MEDIEVAL VILLAGE OF BELVEDERE OSTRENSE BUILT BY THREE DESIGNERS FOR A DUTCH FAMILY

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A few years ago, a Dutchman bought a 3,500-m2 plot of land with his two children in Belvedere Ostrense in le Marche and entrusted the design of a villa...

A villa in le Marche a stone’s throw from the medieval village of Belvedere Ostrense built by three designers for a Dutch family

A few years ago, a Dutchman bought a 3,500-m2 plot of land with his two children in Belvedere Ostrense in le Marche and entrusted the design of a villa with swimming pool to three designers, the architects Giorgio Balestra and Francesco Valentini and the engineer Elisa Romagnoli. The dwelling, which offers just over one hundred square metres of living space, consists of two staggered rectangula­r boxes, one of which houses the living area and the other the bedrooms. The first contains a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and two further bedrooms and bathroom, while the second is an open space comprising kitchen, dining area and living room, as well as a wall made of local sandstone that conceals the stairs leading to the 60-square metre garage below. The living area leads out onto the nine-by-three-metre pool, sheltered by a dense border of lily of the Nile (Agapanthus). As Giorgio Balestra explains in an interview with Ville&Casali, “The design had to adhere to the stringent rules of a regional law passed in 1990, but thanks to a range of municipal regulation­s, we were able to install large contempora­ry windows.” Here, traditiona­l architectu­re meets modernity. The use of materials like Ytong blocks, cellular concrete blocks similar to pumice stone, for the walls, which retain the heat in winter and keep the home cool in the summer, and the anthracite-coloured quartz industrial concrete flooring, helped keep building costs down. Not to mention the use of salvaged timber boards for the ceilings that conceal the roof beams, themselves covered by handmade clay tiles made by the Umbrian company L’arte del cotto from Castelvisc­ardo. In contrast, resin coatings were used for the bathrooms. The outdoor patios were made using Accoya wooden boards, a Dutch-patented long-life material guaranteed for 50 years. The garden was designed by the English landscape architect James Mason, who has been working in le Marche for many years.

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