Shaped like the wind-smoothed boulders of the Costa Smeralda, the complex architecture of a private house supports the morphology of the wild Sardinian landscape

The wild landscape of Sardinia , the Mediterranean vegetation, the hills near the coast and the soft rocky inlets become the architectural synthesis of the project curated by Stefania Stera, founder and director of the Stera Architectures studio based in Paris, for a private villa with organic forms, almost spontaneous, in Porto Cervo.

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Plastic volumes that integrate into the territory

The result of a mixture of plastic volumes inserted in a complex layout, the house is integrated into the natural territory of the Costa Smeralda with a long view of the sea, opening onto a large shaded courtyard, protected from the wind, around which outdoor spaces and terraces are articulated on a total area of about 350 m2.

Fluid forms with protrusions and openings

Shaped as if it were one of the smooth boulders by the water and wind from the coast, the house has a natural gray color that evokes the rocks and the pebbles, with a fluid perimeter now cut out of voids - openings and tunnels and niches - now with protrusions which make its appearance even more similar to the morphology of the place.

A building to live in barefoot

"Since childhood I have climbing on Sardinian rocks, of which I know by heart all the reliefs and fantastic shapes that have nourished my imagination. The house in Sardinia fits into those natural volumes" says Stefania Stera, who set the rooms of the villa, developed on 750 m2, among the pre-existing parts of the lot. “In harmony with these themes, the client left me the total freedom to create a less bourgeois arrangement of spaces and uses. I promised him 'a building to live in barefoot' which has now taken shape".

The architectural configuration in several blocks and on several levels

The zero floor of the villa is made up of separate blocks with sleeping areas. On this the upper level is 'bridged', dedicated to the living room and completed by two large suites with bathrooms.

Camouflage materials and small hand-decorated tiles

Like mimetic, the external walls of the villa are almost entirely plastered in a anthracite gray with a smooth texture that harmonizes with the granite used for the entrance and for some of the outdoor spaces. The interiors of openings and tunnels with organic shapes are painted with delicate shades of green and blue, shades taken from the small ceramic tiles, hand-decorated with patterns that recall the different shades of vegetation and the sea, from green moss to blue deep up to turquoise , defining indoor and outdoor environments with clearly Mediterranean references.

Enveloping and welcoming rocky spaces

There is no shortage of coatings in wood, resin smoothed and natural marble of different types, chosen to cover and define spaces large and bright, dominated by white: enveloping and welcoming places and at the same time rough where the boundaries between inside and outside are lost to merge into the enhancement of the landscape.

Domestic environments with large openings and niches

Among all the living areas, the bathroom areas stand out, where the large windows with soft ivory curtains allow direct access to the terraces with stone niches. That returned is an image of natural and wild well-being in direct relationship with the vegetation.

To heat the baths an elongated ring

The soft profiles of architecture are also found in the bathrooms: in the built-in washbasins, in the shower compartments and in the radiators Tubone by Antrax IT, chosen in white to heat rooms during the colder seasons.

Designed by Andrea Crosetta, Tubone derives from a tubular steel with a significant section (60 mm), used to create a elongated shape available in three different modules that can be replicated, superimposed (up to two heating bodies) and possibly equipped with a towel rail.

A contemporary manifesto of Sardinian architecture

Tubone is inserted with water supply, color coordinated with taps and accessories, as well as with the 'i internal casing, in a skilful architectural game in which the design component is fundamental and at the same time bound in an unavoidable and unequivocal way to the Sardinian context in which engages, and of which it becomes a contemporary manifest.