The Pineta Villa was designed to replace a residential building in Versilia. The villa is aesthetically innovative in the entirely traditional setting where it is situated, with new features reflecting its unique style based on design choices and client requirements.

The starting idea for the project was to have three main partitions parallel to each other defining indoor areas, leaving the remaining perimeter closures glazed to create large bright rooms that face onto a large garden or the various balconies and terraces on upper floors.The staircase is the main feature of the interior, which combines its practical purpose with the aesthetics of the furnishings extremely well. Significant consideration was given to developing and creating construction detail and choosing materials, to comply with criteria on green building and energy savings and obtain an A classification.

The local council raised numerous issues during the design phase. As a result, our work and the construction were kept under strict control. Given the considerable dimensions of the walls, unfortunately our design exceeded the maximum plan limit. In other words, the total wall dimensions plus the stone cladding, multiplied by four long partitions, overshot the plan profile by 60-70 cm. 

My colleague Andrea Lapasini suggested me to use natural manufactured stone veneer Geopietra®, which is thinner, but I refused in the first instance believing it to be a poor imitation. What I was remembering were the initial coarsely manufactured solutions with unnatural colours because they were produced from American stone. Andrea insisted and it turned out that this product had changed over the years and that, not only was it incredibly similar to our stone with numerous variations, but also when the work was finished, the aesthetic and sensory result did not differ from the original. Murogeopietra® is also exceptionally useful for maintaining and enhancing the insulation efficiency of external thermal insulation with a tested installation system. Its light weight, individual modularity of the various models, guaranteed duration and the fact that it is easy to install were decisive factors in choosing this solution. Murogeopietra® has passed the most truthful test ever: people looking at it have no idea that it is manufactured.

Architect Daniele Fiori


Geopietra® villa rivestimento opus incertum versilia toscana

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