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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.


March 15th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal


The house is located in the countryside near the village of Manciano, in the province of Grosseto in that part of the region of Tuscany known as the Maremma, bordering on the Tyrrhenian Sea.


The project involved the new construction of a country house for the weekend, designed according to the traditional Maremma’s type of farm. The building develops longitudinally, lowrise at the view coming from the access road.

Image Courtesy © Carina Wachsmann

  • Project: VILLA
  • Location: Campagna, Italy
  • Photography: Carina Wachsmann
  • Client: House for weekends and holidays for a family living in Rome
  • Date of project: 2009-2010
  • Date of construction: 2010-2012
  • Surface: House upper level 270 sqm, House basement 220 sqm, House lower level 200 sqm
  • Land Surface Properties: 10 hectares

Image Courtesy © Carina Wachsmann

The main spaces of living-areas and the owner’s bedroom are in the upper floor that is built on a single axis, and has a plan partition into three distinct bodies with the retreat of the central one, which houses the living area. The lateral bodies which provide one side to the kitchen area and the owner’s bedroom on the other, are thus divided planimetrically and reading elevations.

Image Courtesy © Carina Wachsmann

In the basement, under the plan of the main floor, there are service areas and gaming and entertainment for the family, while a slightly lower , the house continues turning to the garden below, hosting the area with rooms for guests. This part is covered by the terrace that extends in front of the living area of the top floor.

The language of the project was trying to follow the morphological characters closer to the tradition of the site and of the landscape with a contemporary interpretation.

Image Courtesy © Carina Wachsmann

The highest incidence in the character of the statements of an architecture such as that provided by the project, is given by the covering stones in sight , which occurs as an element of similarity with the area . On the whole side facing north , facing the town of Manciano , in fact, the rugged texture facade is covered in its entirety in local stone, with narrow openings for a lower power dissipation , and with the idea of creating a block of stone almost compact.

Image Courtesy © Carina Wachsmann

Different however, is the south facade, facing the sea which is about thirty miles , where the plaster finished in light typical yellow, alternating with the stone facade , defining the volumes of the three-body components of the upper floor of the house.

The openings , dimensionally larger in the facades to the south, correspond to the spaces of collective life.

Image Courtesy © Carina Wachsmann

Bricks walls , alternating with stone walls , are to answer the function of guard rails in the terraces on different height levels.

The lower volume that houses the guest rooms comes out following the slope of the land . All the exteriors flooring is in Pietra Peperino, a typical Tuscan stone, including the infinity pool area.

Image Courtesy © Carina Wachsmann


Challenging conventional expectations about domesticity and modern taste, the interior architecture creates an alternative to typical country living.

The white wooden structure of the roof is fully visible from inside and characterizes the spaces.

On the ground the floor in gray resin recalls the gray stone Peperino of the exterior.

Image Courtesy © Carina Wachsmann

The components of the interior design are fully based on light grey and white , including furnitures, like designed cabinets or bookshelves along the corridor that leads to the room.The rust coloured fireplace in the livingroom is actually the only spot of colour.

The basement and the lower floor with the guests room, have warmer mood, with wooden floor and wooden beams and teracotta ceilings.

From every window and from every view, the wonderful landscape, comes in the house and becomes part of it.

Image Courtesy © Carina Wachsmann

Image Courtesy © Carina Wachsmann

Image Courtesy © Carina Wachsmann

Image Courtesy © Carina Wachsmann

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