Contemporary architecture, landscape and tradition in a perfect balance.

On the hills overlooking the shores of the lower Lake Garda, where particular attention to environmental impact is required, you can find this villa with a breathtaking view. The aim of the project was to create a building in harmony with the surrounding nature, formed by a forest of oaks and a vegetation, typical of this mild climate. In order to soften the visual impact, the villa is developed on a single above-ground floor, preferring horizontality, well characterised by the corten steel roof. A simple geometry surrounds the life of the house, favouring lightness, with large windows to admire the lake and its unforgettable sunrises. The two bodies, with a defined and regular geometry, are interrupted by a connection element, which provides access to the raised garden. Nature is not interrupted and envelops the building: it pierces it with the presence of a centuries-old olive tree, which appears as the ordering element of memories. The flat roof becomes a real garden, where you can find a variety of local shrubs and flowers. Then the roof continues beyond the perimeter of the structure for a few meters, creating an extension that casts a shadow, useful in summer. This part was clad in corten steel too, which blends in with the surrounding vegetation during the autumn.

On the back, where the ground has a natural downhill, the structure is developed on two floors. The lower floor, where the main entrance and access to the basement rooms are located, was designed as a continuation of the end of the hill itself. On the two extreme sides of the house, large boulders found in the area were used as a connection, while the intention of the customer for the central part was to build an ancient stone wall, in harmonious contrast with the modern lines of the house. Studying the old local constructions, two different types of stone walls were identified. A first, poorer type was created with unwrought stones collected from the fields, except for the stones placed at the corners. A second type, more wrought, was created with stones found in the quarries of the area, adapted on the sides to improve the points of support. The choice fell on the latter solution, considering it more congruous in the overall context of the project. Then the difficulty in finding these large recovered stones, few of which can be found at antique dealers, led to the request for the intervention of Geopietra®. The company, after a further in-depth study of stones in the area suitable for the purpose, accepted the challenge. After collecting a number of stones from the demolition of age-old dwellings throughout Italy, some even from the 13th century, these were used to create casts, in order to make a very exact and faithful reproduction. A very laborious process, but this made it possible to obtain the shapes and colours requested by the customer.

This choice, not a new one for the research and development department of the company, led to the creation of a manufactured stone model that is now almost unobtainable, called "Cassaga" by Geopietra® and now available in the varied range of the catalogue. The villa follows all the rules for living comfort, energy saving and sustainability, which are now essential. The structure, entirely made with reinforced concrete, was covered with 30 cm of external EPS thermal insulation, using the guaranteed Geopietra® natural manufactured stone laying system called Mastrosistema®. Photovoltaic panels, water recycling and architectural research complete this jewel perfectly integrated into the nature of one of most beautiful lakes in Europe.

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