MORQ is a design studio founded by Matteo Monteduro, Emiliano Roia and Andrea Quagliola. With an office in Italy and one in Australia, the studio is equipped to design at any scale, from local, residential projects to landscape and urban planning projects. In addition, the designers attach importance to the academic side of architecture and therefore regularly take part in lectures and exhibitions.
The architects about their design studio: ‘We are dedicated to the making of architecture: meaningful spaces within simple and thoughtful buildings. In dialogue with existing conditions, whether natural or built, we see constraints as a starting point for our design, rather than impediments to our creativity. We like spaces that are intimate yet open, engage with shades of natural light, change throughout the day and are activated by the emotive and sensorial qualities of materials.’
The house was designed so it 'looks' at its beautiful surroundings.
The design studio makes projects in a minimalist style characterised by geometric volumes and a carefully chosen materiality. A design that illustrates the soul and style of MORQ well is Villa RA. Villa RA is located on a hill in the south of Italy. The house was designed so it 'looks' at its beautiful surroundings through openings in the facade. The design consists of three rectangular volumes lying next to each other. This axial organisation was inspired by traditional Italian villa architecture. The first volume is the entrance hall where palm trees cheerfully greet every guest. This leads directly to the second volume where the kitchen, living room and guest house are located. Behind this is the third volume that consists of a large bedroom and a veranda. The walls and floors of Villa RA are covered with opus signinum plaster in earthly colour. It creates a uniform dwelling that blends visually into its surroundings. As in various designs by MORQ, the geometric strength of the building is accentuated while the interior remains minimalist and sober. Most of their designs radiate a similar feel as this one, be sure to take a look at their other projects! Photography by Givlio Aristide