The principal request for this design of a private residence was to combine the customs and habits of Arabic culture, reinterpreted through Italian character, creativity and style.
This unique villa is the protagonist of an entire artificial island, an exceptional, metaphysical and important object in its own right. Suspended in the air, free of any dialogue with the anthropic world though strongly linked to the land, it generates a fascinating intertwining of immense architectural masses.
Metaphorically divided by the axis oriented toward Mecca, and physically separated into two parts, one reserved for men and the other for women, this home responds to the client’s request for something “surprising”.
The external surface is a precious pattern evocative of ancient musharabiya, a symbol of Arab culture reinterpreted through Western eyes; it characterizes the surfaces while simultaneously protecting the interiors against the intense light yet allowing spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.
The entire project was conceptualized by layering volumes and surfaces permanently linked to land and sea by a spacious private park.
LOCATION: Middle East
FLOOR AREA: 6,400 sqm
DESIGN DIRECTOR: Fabio Mazzeo
DESIGN TEAM LEADER: Maila Evangelista, Olsi Dani
DESIGN TEAM: Gianluca Bilotta, Flavia Fefè, Valentina Martino