The sculptural villa at Cala Volpe, Sardinia, designed by Fabio Mazzeo Architects has architecture with a tailor’s precision, born from a deep connection with the landscape.
The sculptural villa on the promontory of Abbiadori, overlooking the magnificent Cala Volpe, stands out for its visionary character, and for the way it weaves an interplay of continuous references to emphasize the links between the building and its natural setting. Here, design takes place on all scales, down to the tiniest detail.
Art, design, and craftsmanship interweave in a delicate balance. The architects achieve this goal by engaging cross-functional talent and skills, including artists, artisans, decorators, painters, and all the creatives and designers in a holistic and organic vision of architecture.
The unifying theme of the design is travertine, which completely covers the villa and continues inside. A palette of fine marble that alternates between Navona travertine, walnut, sandblasted, bush hammered and polished finishes, bringing movement and light to the structure along with full-height windows that capture ever-changing views. The home’s fluid volumes follow the contours of the land in a fascinating interaction with the natural setting. The 1,300-sqm building unfolds over three levels, in a harmonious symbiosis with the 5,000 sqm of terraced garden and the panoramic infinity pool.
Conceived as a dynamic polyhedron, the villa evokes different emotions from every side. The west facade, visible from afar and much more symmetrical and regular than the others, offers the classic and imposing image of a fortress silhouetted against the horizon. Its starkness is softened by the presence of ancient olive trees and the organic development of the architecture. The south facade, almost completely transparent, opens to views of the outside, while the large windows of the east facade act as a light filter between the interior and the garden.To the north, the main entrance has a marble moulded frame with asymmetrical embrasure converging towards the portal of polished and sandblasted steel.
Bleached oak paneling and reflective surfaces give light and charm to the entire second floor, designed as a vast open space. In the guest area, visitors are welcomed by the wine cellar: an oak-paneled marvel dedicated to wine tasting.
The surrounding landscape pervades the design, offering ever-changing views where light and greenery become an integral part of the architecture. This intense dialogue with Nature reaches its climax in the relaxation areas of the garden and swimming pool, and in the terrace roof with its evocative floorboards that reach towards the Mediterranean.
Photo credit: Massimo Camplon
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