A warm, light, comfortable and practical house, planned around a family of three, with references to classic Scandinavian design and the legacy of constructivism. This small (750m²) two-storey building with large windows has a letter “U” shaped plan: the internal breakfast courtyard has been designed in such a manner as to avoid harming a single tree on the plot during construction.
The conceptual centre of the entire home is the spacious, light and complex-structured living room, where space is played with on several levels to create variety and intrigue. An area with white walls and floor has been organized around the fireplace: on the left is a library with large divans and a television, on the right – a dining area raised up several steps, and at the window – a genuine “Barcelona” armchair, made by Cesare Cassina in the 1940s on the personal order of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The concept of the multi-functional room employed by the designers of P H . D itself also draws on the ideas of the German modernist.
The compositional centre of the mansion is provided by the spacious hall with its staircase, linking the living room, study and kitchen.
The first floor contains the master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe, bathroom, and access to the terrace. Here are also located two guest bedrooms and a large nursery.
The floors, doors and other finishing elements have been crafted from oak that has been subjected to a complex multi-stage process of toning and brushing to lend an artificially aged appearance. It was decided to leave the walls white in order to create a suitable backdrop for contemporary artworks from the collection of the owners, built up consistently from the works of young artists of high critical acclaim.
These art objects enter into a shrewdly arranged dialogue with the vintage lighting, specially selected at the Art-Basel fair. In sum, the house has taken on its own distinct character, special to itself, in which the contemporary finds its place alongside providing the foundations for future family traditions.