VILLA N is a private home with an introverted character due to the need to ensure the necessary privacy from the surrounding urban fabric which is very close; this limiting element became the starting point for establish the main organization strategy of the project, based on a central courtyard to obtain a large breath to the living area, despite this initial condition of compression.
Project status: completed in 2015
Location: Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy
Internal surfaces: about 500 square meters on three levels
Area’s surface: 1200 square meters
Thanks to it, the whole living area acquires a monumental enphasis, like from the transformation of a building originally intended for a productive purpose with its appropriate dimensions.
This feeling is difficult to transmit through the photography dimension and would require the cinematic dynamism instead.
The volumes of the villa have been gradually deconstructed to the point of dematerializing its architecture up to the edges of the small available area; in this way the architects wanted to circumvent the problem of mass concentration in the center with the formation of useless perimetral areas.
The result is a sequence of connected and well-defined outdoor environment, never completely closed and neither completely opened, in which architectural and natural elements create an artificial micro landscape; a very “structured garden” that can be traveled in many ways.
The client’s preference for right angles, flat surfaces and the clarity of the forms affected the project but, despite the consequent statical nature, the architects tried to overcome these very heavy constraints creating a dinamic shape, necessarily closed to relations with the urban context, but thanks to its fragmented forms, capable to establish a dialogue with the landscape on the upper scale.
From its studio near Arezzo in Italy, ARCHITETTURA MATASSONI works inspired by the classical figure of the architect who moves throughout different fields of creative thought, paying special attention to plastical solutions in their architectural design that is its most important field; however the firm is engaged also in the industrial design, in the garden design, and carry on a continuous architectural critic activity.
Indeed both the architects are associated with the Italian Association of Architecture and Criticism – AIAC – and as such, they carry on their own architectural criticism activity from the pages of the important italian webzine presS/Tletter (the official voice of AIAC), writing articles, participating in conferences, architects meetings and debates promoted by this and other national associations.
The firm’s creative vocation is for a “natural architecture” that focuses on those fundamental human needs concerning the “shelter”; this means an essential architecture and in a certain sense, primitive, devoid of sophistications and capable of comunicating with the unconscious, creating artificial landscapes and spaces suitable for living “innately”.