In Abruzzo, architect Valeria Aretusi transforms a ruin into a monolithic villa, with geometric lines, as simple as they are clear. Flooded with light and lit by a vibrant blue, Residenza Q smells of wood and salt

In Roseto degli Abruzzi, among the olive trees and the Adriatic Sea, between Nordic echoes and Moroccan vibrations, stands Residenza Q, a contemporary villa that was born from the demolition and expansion of a ruin located on top of a hill on the slopes of the village of Montepagano.

The reference to the letter Q stems from an interpretation of the house by the architect Valeria Aretusi, who oversaw the project, for the owners, the family of the historic Ferretti pastry shop. The Q, in fact, is made up of a closed core, the symbol of the house, enriched by a descending curve, to recall the soft hilly slope that leads from the villa to the sea.

The architecture, simple, clear and minimal, stands out for its Nordic references and its eco-sustainable footprint. On a total area of 250 square meters, the project is divided into two living modules: the ground floor of the south module is composed of a living room with fireplace, kitchen, study, utility room and bathroom, while the attic houses two bedrooms with private bathrooms and a solarium. The north module is composed on the ground floor of a large open space living area, while on the first floor there are the bedroom, the bathroom and the sun terrace.

The linear, clean and geometric volumes make the building modular and compact at the same time: it recalls the cold and rigorous Danish and Norwegian houses, revealing itself warm and welcoming inside, thanks to the presence of wooden surfaces, including the exposed beams in the area night, and large windows that flood the spaces with light. The entrance door frames the sea: the first element that is perceived in perspective as soon as you enter. The windows are designed to frame specific points of view on the surrounding nature. To create an intimate and reserved place and at the same time give color and liveliness to the interior light, a small winter garden was created covered with a blue coarse-grained plaster, inspired by the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech.

The courtyard of the garden, full of succulent plants, is dominated by large rough-cut wooden beams (extensions of the internal attic), designed as sunshades to filter daylight without obscuring it. When they cross the interiors, the sun's rays, painted’ in bright blue, acquire a new dimension, a state of mind. Here the inspiration comes from the Mexican architect Luis Barragàn famous for the use of color.

The rhythm of the elevations is marked by the verticality of the cladding staves and interspersed with the free positioning of the windows and French windows. On the east facade, on the other hand, the geometries are clear, thanks to two mirrored sliding windows, each about 8 meters long, which open up a wide view of the sea.

Residenza Q is distinguished by its gabled roof which allows the two units to be located in a staggered position. This choice gives privacy to each of the modules, which thus maintain the identity of a single house surrounded by greenery. The structure has a linear shape with two pitches, precise and converging with the perimeter walls, without overhangs, thus respecting the minimal footprint of the project. The roof is covered with matt gray sheet metal, with the retractable rainwater collector. The same invisible system was also used for the terraces.

The eco-sustainable approach of the construction is highlighted by the use of the biological system with aerated percolation: a purification plant that allows the transformation and recovery of water for irrigation of the garden and vegetable garden. Furthermore, the residence is built with ecological materials and technologies: the structure in X-Lam wood panels is clad in composite and natural Déco wood. Shades belonging to the gray palette have been chosen for both the exterior and the interior.

If the external cladding is mounted vertically to accompany the linearity of the project, the gray tones of the wood grain emphasize the material component. The variation of the sun's rays affects the perception of the surface color, according to a chromatic range that goes from dark tones to dove gray and light gray. For the exterior, a natural composite wood was used, WPC (wood polymer composite), mounted as a ventilated wall, an effective coating to solve the problems relating to the protection of buildings from humidity and atmospheric agents, while improving their 'thermal and acoustic insulation.

If the exterior has a compact and monolithic appearance, the materials chosen for the interiors instead give warmth to the rooms. From wood, natural larch and umber oak, in addition to the herringbone oak parquet, to the quartz Venetian terrazzo effect tops with a Flat Mat Fango matt lacquered finish for the furnishings to the satin brass details.

The kitchen was designed by Ernestomeda, starting from a model by Giuseppe Bavuso. The wall cladding, reflective in a smoky bronze tone finish, evokes the reflection of the sun on the sea, hence the name: Riflessi Mare. Open to the living room, it lives in constant dialogue with nature and the Adriatic: it integrates, both structurally and visually, the Moroccan-style winter garden, lit by the vibrant Majorelle blue.

The details enrich the interior. Like the staircase, made of folded anthracite iron plates and veiled by a perforated sheet with a cross motif, as if it were embroidered. Or the voluptuous velvets chosen in vibrant primary colors, also used to upholster the restored Chiavari chairs in wood and brass. The eclectic wallpapers that give personality to the rooms are by Cole & Son and Gucci, while the fabrics with elaborate decorations by Morris & Co. and Gastón y Daniela.