Location: Sanguineto, Tuoro sul Trasimeno, Perugia, Italy
Architect: Studio Ponsi
Design date: 2015
Completion date: 2021
Built area: 200m2
Studio: Studio Ponsi
Project Architects: Andrea Ponsi, Luca Ponsi
Design Team: Federico Frittelli, Davide Nigi, Beth Bevan
Project Management: Arch. Andrea Bistoni
General Contractor: Belli Carlo e figli
Engineering systems: C.G.A. Impianti
Electrical systems: Umbrelettrica
Landscape Arch: Consultant: Ann Hanley
Cabinet maker: Bocini&Bocini srl
Custom Metalwork: Ditta Lanzini
Photographer: Studio Ponsi, Ulisse Donnini
Text provided by the architects:
The villa is located in the vicinity of the hamlet of Sanguineto on the slope of a hill facing south and overlooking Lake Trasimeno. With an elongated shape, it has two lateral appendages: to the west the volume turns towards the ground creating a basement floor surmounted by a terrace, to the east it rises in a small tower.
The reference to rural architecture of Tuscany and Umbria is manifested in the stone cladding, as well as the compact mass of the volumes, the sloping pitched roofs of terracotta and the limited size of the windows. Like the farmhouses of central Italy, the building appears severe and austere on the north-facing elevation, open and sunny on the south facade, with windows and terraces facing Lake Trasimeno.
All the facades are clad in rough gray stone crossed by horizontal brick strips, in dialogue to the facade of a church located in the hamlet adjacent to the site.
The entrance to the house is on the north-facing wall in a niche clad in Corten steel plates. The door handle, the ceiling and wall lamps, as well as all the external lighting elements are custom designed.
On the eastern side, a walkway leads to the swimming pool. Clad in anthracite-colored ceramic tiles, the infinity pool is bordered by stone walls and a parallel deck made of ipè wood slats. The rest of the external flooring is in local terracotta.
The interior is divided into three levels: in the basement there are two bedrooms, a bathroom and technical spaces. The middle floor is dedicated to the entrance, dining, kitchen, living room and private study area. On the upper level is the master bedroom.
The internal ceilings with exposed beams follow the sloping trend of the roof. The floors are in grey terracotta on the intermediate floor and off white terracotta on the lower and upper floors. The custom-designed furnishings, such as wardrobes and bathroom furniture and the entire kitchen, are in oak wood highlighted by interventions in copper plates. The walls of the bathrooms, the fireplace and the kitchen are treated in grey cement resin. All copper tube heating radiators are built on site, as are the railings of the stairs connecting the floors, which are also made of copper tubes and special brass joints.