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The pursuit of well-being: American style villa in Venice
An American-style villa on the outskirts of Venice...
When the entrepreneur Massimo Scatto decided to buy this villa, he was going through some major changes in his professional and personal life. After working as a sales manager for a multinational company for several years, constantly travelling for work and returning home briefly just for the weekend, he decided to set up his own business, with a few employees and the convenience of having an office just 10 minutes away.
Located in a residential area on the outskirts of Venice, the house was designed by architect Roberto Driusso (Driusso Associati). This white, light-filled building, with large full-height windows and a deliberately simple structure, is reminiscent of the single-family detached houses designed by the architect Richard Meier.
At the time of purchase, only the external envelope had been built and the owner had the chance to customise the garden and interiors with one main goal: to recreate an oasis of relaxation and well-being, where he could always feel as if he were on holiday, all year round.
The outdoor area – roughly 1,000 square metres – now houses a 12x4 metre swimming pool, which takes up part of the garden, but is frequently used in summer by the whole family.
Inside there are three levels, covering a total area of 300 square metres.
The basement is used as a recreational and leisure area: it has a sitting room with TV, a dining room, guest rooms and a garage.
On the ground floor there is a large open space area of approximately 110 square metres, including a living room, dining room and kitchen.
A steel and glass staircase leads up to the first floor, where the sleeping area is located. The interior design has been carefully planned to ensure plenty of natural light. On the ground floor and first floor, large double height windows open onto the pool, creating continuity between the outdoor and indoor spaces, making the villa seem much more spacious. In the basement, an inner courtyard offers ample natural light in a space that would otherwise have been rather dark.
The interior design, chosen by the owner himself, is a combination of simplicity and sophistication thanks to the perfect balance of materials (mainly iron, wood and glass).
The wood-burning fireplaces play a crucial role in creating a special atmosphere, something the owner was keen to achieve primarily for aesthetic reasons rather than for heating reasons. The fireplaces, both from MCZ’s Plasma collection, have been designed for the two areas of the house dedicated to spending time together, namely the basement and the living area.
A three-sided model (Plasma 95T) was installed in the basement, ideally separating the dining area from the relaxation area. The flame is visible from anywhere in the room, making it the distinctive element that adds character to the entire room.
An equally important element is the large front fireplace installed in the living area on the ground floor, which uses natural convection (Plasma 115). In the cladding, made of fireproof plasterboard, storage niches have been realised on the right side and, on the front next to the fireplace, there is an iron-clad wood holder, which forms an interesting vertical section that creates discontinuity with the front and adds a warm touch of colour thanks to the logs.
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