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