Villa CP is a restoration project in which a 21st-century house has been created inside an old stone structure. The existing stone walls have been largely rebuilt, with enormous openings towards the landscape linking the house to its spectacular surroundings: a National Park of cork oak with distant views towards the Mediterranean.
ZEST Architecture’s work is always marked by sustainability, so it may not come as a surprise that this project sports materials and elements such as a natural pool with water that is filtered by plants and gravel, insulation with locally harvested and produced cork, clay and stray panel finishes in the interior, and heating/cooling through a geothermal installation.
The old and the new (that which will age) strengthen each other in this project through their opposition and juxtaposition. The old has been left visible with all its scars, while new materials such as Corten steel, wood, and clay were chosen for the beauty of their natural imperfections and the way in which the traces left by time make them even more beautiful. Rain, wind, and human touch will make sure that this house will be even more beautiful over time.
The project Villa CP served as inspiration for the installation that ZEST Architecture presented in Palazzo Mora, as a participant in the exhibition “Time Space Existence,” organized by the Global Art Affairs Foundation.