A terrace is often just a nice addition to a house but in this case, the several undulating terraces around the Mosca Bianca Villa are the eye-catchers. Design Haus Liberty was inspired by a flower for this lake house in Italy and accomplished a fine piece of architecture.
This villa at Laga Maggiore was designed by architect Dara Huang as a holiday home for a retired couple. The architecture was based on a relaxed lifestyle and to promote outdoor living with activities such as reading, gardening, swimming and dining. That's why the architect designed a wavy perimeter and projecting terraces. Seen from above, the house looks much like a flower with the terraces as leaves. "The terraces were organically drawn, almost like wings that came off the house," Huang said in an earlier interview. "Each petal offers the opportunity to create a platform for the owners' hobbies such as yoga, food, barbecue or hot tubbing.” The terraces are not only functional but give the whole house a beautiful architecture and are beautifully finished with delicate, bamboo-like balustrades. It seems as if the terraces are suspended and shielded with thin golden ropes. The house consists of three levels and a large sheltered deck that connects the garden with the living spaces inside. The interior is flooded with natural light and is just as beautiful and soothing as the exterior. A neutral palette dominates to minimise any distractions from the scenery. Nature is brought in by the floor-to-ceiling windows and by the use of natural stone and texture. "The house feels cool, as if a gentle breeze is blowing through the curtains," says Huang.
Design Haus Liberty was inspired by a flower for this lake house in Italy and accomplished a fine piece of architecture.
The living spaces surround the central garden and the main living room is located in one of the protruding spaces extending towards the water. From this room, you have a beautiful view of the lake. There is also a dining room and kitchen and two guest suites in the other wings of the building. A wavy staircase leads to the first floor with a master bedroom and a third guest bedroom.
A fine piece of architecture with a delicate and elegant look where it is undoubtedly lovely to live both inside and outside. Images: Adrian Dirand