The slats are also units of measurement; they establish the dimensions and the rhythms. The slats represent the encounter with the passage of time: the red cedar from Alaska, lightweight and durable for exterior use, rot-resistant, makes essential maintenance unnecessary even near the sea, and it takes on a greyish natural patina over time. The slats filter the light, drawing long linear shadows across the rooms inside and they glow warmly, in the different spaces, with the life of the house. The slats are air... An exercise in maximum precision. The wooden slats that, like a double skin, cover and outline the top volume, highlight the architecture and contribute to its composition.
The wooden box represents the point of connection with the street but also the maximum of privacy with respect to it. It is the accompaniment which, acting like a porch, invites us to enter the house. And, facing south, it offers– above all – complete openness out toward the sea following the entrance from one side and a subtle, meaningful turn. Sitting atop walls clad in white stone, the transversality of the volumes and the setback of the top volume with respect to the white box that serves as its base, creates a terrace, a wide overlook facing the horizon. The overhangs of the different volumes, top and bottom, stone and wood, also generate porches, shaded areas for outdoor seating.
Total communion with the sea. An immense glass window drops down and is hidden in the ground to offer passage free from any obstacle: the living room, the dining room and the kitchen indoors become a large porch with a view of the sea in the background that merges with the house’s pool. The thick side walls offer other occupiable areas, for more intimate leisure; they become benches, adding other sightlines, and multiplying the uses of the space.
The design is meticulous, with extremely precise details. A 1 m x 1 m module organises the whole house, distributing it, determining the proportions of all its elements and lending a sense of harmony to the whole. Wood, white stone, glass and the blue reflection of complete coexistence with the Mediterranean.