The house was built on a plot of land characterised by slopes and terracing, offering a breathtaking view of Lake Garda. This specific morphology is the reason why the house was built with a simple layout, spread out on several floors. The overall result is modern, minimalist and perfectly harmonious.
The ground floor, featuring large glass surfaces around the perimeter, is extremely bright and opens onto a very well-kept garden with olive trees and other tree species typical of the area.
A rather intimate setting was created in the most concealed and private area of the house, on a level located slightly below the ground floor, featuring a sauna and a small gym. The hallway connecting them has been converted into a reading/relaxation area, which is heated by a spectacular wood-burning fireplace, as in a Northern European house.
The floor and walls are both made of wood, which makes the room even cosier. The cladding, made with slate stone with a natural split and with rust-effect painted steel, is one of the models featured in the catalogue (Klee cladding).
Klee expressed exactly the sensation of warmth and cosiness that we wanted to achieve in the relax area. – Giovanni Mario Gozzini, architect
The owner, who is an entrepreneur in the tourism sector, is at home just a few days a year. Therefore, the fireplace is turned on simply for the pleasure of having a flame, rather than for heating purposes.
It nevertheless ensures an optimal performance, quickly providing a warm and cosy environment.
Another wood-burning fireplace was also installed in the ground floor to heat up the living area. To build the smoke outlet for the two fireplaces, the architects created a single air shaft, housing both flues.
It is an interesting solution to prevent an unsightly double chimney on the roof, however, it needs to be designed carefully. In order to avoid any negative air pressure or backdraught, the flues need to extend out of the roof at different heights.
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