PRIVATE HOUSE IN SARDINIA
Sorso, Sassari | 2005
Photographer: Johannes Muller
This residence is the result of a refurbishment and enhancement of a previous, less comfortable house. The aim of the project was to re-qualify its aging and obsolete structure.
Its privileged position at the centre of a wide countryside estate right on the northern shore of the Island of Sardinia, determined the composition and the structure. The north-western façade was built with light and transparent materials so as to reveal the stunning view towards the sea and the islands of Corsica and Asinara while the southern side of the house consists mainly of a large bright white wall that signals to the visitor from the countryside.
The two volumes of the villa separate the private bedrooms´ section from the wide and open living spaces with its large windows to the patio.
The wooden roof with a natural airflow patent is covered with a top made of oxidized copper. Its typical reddish to green colour contrasts to the grey resin sealed concrete floor of the entire house. Every project has to take account of the context of its planning, that is, of the environmental and cultural resources that characterise the site and the perception of the inhabitants. To resume it shortly this is the primary texture of architecture.
The new building fits harmonically into the coastal landscape, due to its structure, the severe use of local stones and woods for both, in- and outside the house and thanks to the marvellous wide garden, in which the owner exposes with love and dedication his personal splendid colourful and scented composition of Sardinia’s plants, fruits, herbs and flowers.
Some people find that places have an atmosphere, an aura or a spirit: no matter which of these attributes they choose, they mean the quality that strikes the visitors’ emotions, senses and memory. The atmosphere of a construction may be stimulating, relaxing, depressive, comforting, inviting or hostile. It can evoke many other sensations or have a more of less positive impact on the life and health of a person...