Rural Italian residence combines traditional stone exterior with contemporary details

Italian studio GGA Architects has transformed the site of an old hilltop settlement in the country’s Marche region into a contemporary house comprising stone structures perched on a pigmented concrete plinth. AP House is situated on top of one of the highest hills in the area around the ancient walled city of Urbino, in the

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Plasma Studio’s copper-clad apartment block has huge windows facing the Dolomites

Floor-to-ceiling windows allow guests to wake up to views of the Dolomites at this complex of copper-clad holiday apartments in northern Italy by Plasma Studio. Architecture practice Plasma Studio designed the two-storey apartment block to provide six holiday homes accompanying an existing holiday residence. The two structures are joined by a single-storey volume, which hosts a communal area. Called Villa

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Monolithic concrete house by Bergmeisterwolf emerges from an Alpine hillside

This bunker-like house in South Tyrol by local studio Bergmeisterwolf features an angular cutout that shelters a balcony overlooking the nearby valley. The house is situated next to a farmhouse occupied by the owner’s parents on a sloping site near the village of Neustift and close to the border with Austria. The building rises above

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Andreas Gruber embeds minimal concrete house into Tyrolean hillside

A three-storey house made entirely of concrete has been set into the steep slope of the Eisack Valley in South Tyrol by local architect Andreas Gruber. The mountainous setting in northern Italy came with a number of restrictions and regulations, which called for an innovative design that was sympathetic to its Alpine surroundings. “The special climatic conditions in

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Glass walls frame vineyard views from Modostudio’s mountain retreat

An abundance of gridded glazing aims to make the most of the spectacular views over Italy’s Adige Valley from this secluded mountain cabin by Modostudio. Italian architects Modostudio designed the 141-square-metre Mountain Retreat for a site close to Bozen in the Alps of South Tyrol. The two-storey dwelling features an inverted pitched roof. It also abuts an old stone

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Lorenzo Guzzini references Japanese tea houses with simple home in Italian alps

The pyramidal roof of this house near Italy’s Lake Como takes cues from traditional Japanese tea houses, and is slanted to allow low winter sun to reach the rustic interior. The property is situated on a small hillside plot surrounded by woodland on the edge of the village of Dizzasco, from which it overlooks a

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Officina29 Architetti builds garden living room without cutting down any trees

Towering oak trees surround this addition to a family residence in Sardinia, which is raised up on concrete feet to minimise its impact on the wild landscape (+ slideshow). Officina29 Architetti designed the small building as an annex to a house in Sassari, the second-largest city on the Italian island. It can function as an More

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Corrugated copper villa by Camillo Botticini Architetto frames Alpine views

A panoramic window surrounded by a faceted wood and corrugated copper frame dominates the facade of this Alpine residence by Camillo Botticini Architetto (+ slideshow). Set in a clearing near the Passo del Cavallo, a high Alpine pass in Italy’s Brescia province, Alps Villa is framed by a open valley to the south and the peaks of the Alps to the north. The More

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GG-loop transforms Italian house with red and glittery faceted facade

A faceted red surface creates geometric patterns across the exterior of this house in southern Italy that architect Giacomo Garziano has renovated for his parents (+ slideshow). The building has been Garziano’s parents’ home for 40 years. It also accommodates the Italian office of art collective Elephants and Volcanoes. The main house was built in the 1950s by the architect’s grandfather, and was extended More

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Architettura Matassoni uses dislocated volumes to form white villa in Tuscany

White concrete volumes protrude from this house in central Italy, which features a bamboo-filled courtyard and a subterranean swimming pool (+ slideshow). Local studio Architettura Matassoni, set up by architects Alessandro and Leonardo Matassoni, designed Villa N for the manager of a shoe brand. The house is arranged around a courtyard and occupies a sloping site near Arezzo, […]

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OSM submerges concrete home in a hill above Italy’s San Giuliano lake

Sunken below the crest of a hill in southern Italy, this concrete home and its outdoor pool were designed by Rome studio OSA to be almost imperceivable from the road above (+ slideshow). OSA partially embedded the concrete property in a hill overlooking San Giuliano, a lake located in the arch of Italy’s southern coast. A sequence of single-storey […]

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OSA submerges concrete home in a hill above Italy’s San Giuliano lake

Sunken below the crest of a hill in southern Italy, this concrete home and its outdoor pool were designed by Rome studio OSA to be almost imperceivable from the road above (+ slideshow). OSA Architettura e Paesaggio partially embedded the concrete property in a hill overlooking San Giuliano, a lake located in the arch of Italy’s southern coast. A […]

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Massimo Iosa Ghini references historic Italian architecture for holiday home in Puglia

Traditional fortified farm buildings informed the design of this house in rural Italy by Massimo Iosa Ghini, which is bordered by pergolas with olive trees growing through their timber structures (+ slideshow). The house is located just a few kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea at the tip of the Salento region. It provides a countryside retreat for […]

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David Chipperfield references historic lemon houses with hillside villas on Lake Garda

David Chipperfield Architects has completed a pair of holiday villas inspired by lemon houses on a hillside overlooking Italy’s largest lake (+ slideshow). The British architect’s Berlin office paired rugged stone walls with timber and concrete pergolas to recreate the aesthetic of Lake Garda’s famous limonaias – buildings where lemon trees are cultivated behind high walls. Related story: David Chipperfield’s Fayland House conceived […]

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House at Mill Creek by Pedevilla Architects features a homogenous off-white exterior

Tasked with designing a “small but prestigious residence” in an Alpine village, Italian studio Pedevilla Architects planned an asymmetric house with a chalky-white exterior (+ slideshow). House at Mill Creek provides a home for a family on the edge of a river in Campo Tures, northern Italy. Responding to the scenic setting, Pedevilla Architects planned a […]

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Paolo Carlesso clads Italian family house with cement panels

This family home near Milan features a partially exposed steel and timber frame modelled on the historical rural farm buildings in the surrounding area. Located in Fagnano Olona, a small village to the north-west of Milan, Casa CM was built between 2010 and 2014 by architect Paolo Carlesso as a home for his own family. The exterior of the […]

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Peter Pichler’s mirror-clad guesthouses are designed to be visible to birds

Mirrors create a reflective facade on this pair of holiday homes in the South Tyrolean Dolomites, but have been coated with a glare-reducing film to help prevent bird collisions (+ slideshow). Designed by Italian architect Peter Pichler, the Mirror Houses are two adjoining guesthouses for short-term rent on a farm outside the city of Bolzano, north-east Italy. Related story: Visitor centre […]
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Massimo Galeotti adds modern timber infill to the corner of an old Italian villa

Italian studio Massimo Galeotti Architetto has filled in the empty corner of a house in Treviso with a timber-clad extension to provide space for a new music room (+ slideshow). Located in in Treviso’s historic Fiera neighbourhood, Casa Fiera was renovated by Massimo Galeotti Architetto for a man and his family who has previously lived next […]

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