The Eden Villa is inspired by lemon trees
David Chipperfield Architects recently completed two villas on a hillside overlooking Lake Garda. The designers' ambition was to harmoniously insert the buildings into the landscape. To accomplish this, they implemented various nature-inspired cues in the design.
A focal point of inspiration were the limonaias, pergola-like structures built for lemon cultivation, prevalent in the area until the 19th century. Each volume is built with room-height windows, facing a view of the nearby town of Gardone Riviera. Pergolas with slim columns are placed in front of the volumes, echoing the rhythm of the surrounding olive groves and referencing the limonaias.
The architects placed a lot of emphasis on using local materials. The stone used for the masonry and the terraces was supplied by local quarries, fitting in naturally with the surroundings. The wooden window frames and pergolas contrast the rigid materials nicely, striking a balance between indoor and outdoor.
To learn more, visit the website of David Chipperfield Architects.
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