Villa Magazine Interview


This is an interview with C. F. Moller by AmirAbbas Aboutalebi, about villa typology, has been published in Villa Magazine, No.8

Villa Do you consider villas as an independent typology in architecture?

Moller No, but we see it as a testing ground for concepts which can influence other architectural typologies as well

Villa Do you agree with this statement?

“Designing villas is a more appropriate topic for practicing and experiencing the intellectual approach of leading architects and architectural offices.”

Moller No, at the outset all design topics can be appropriate, and lead to unique architectural solutions. But designing villas has historically been a way for new architectural ideas to be tested in reality, therefore it can be appealing to regard villas as a standout discipline.

Villa Why sometimes architects call their villa project, a house?

Moller We see no contradiction there – a house is the archetype of human shelter, and we often use this term for villas as well, since this is essentially what the concept of a single-family home is about.

Villa In your opinion, what is the most distinct difference between a house and a villa?

Moller See above – we don’t see them as different, but perhaps the term villa implies a more elaborate version of a house (i.e. shelter and home).

Villa Which category does your project belong to? Urban/rural villa, Permanent villa (residence)/Temporary villa (leisure)

Moller Urban, permanent residence villa (this goes for all 4 projects)

Villa If Villa Magazine was to throw a worldwide competition for villas, which kind of categorizing do you prefer?

A: Villas below 100 m², 100-250 m², 250-500 m², 500-1000 m² and more

B: Mountain villas, Forest villas, Beach villas, Desert villas, …

Moller Sustainable villas between 50 and 500 m2

Villa What suggestions and criticisms do you have about our work?

Moller Keep it up but remember that the detached villa typology is a challenge in terms of sustainability, so intelligent use of land, transportation, and energy should also be considered.


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