A typical patio house, where we find the master suite and rooms, is superimposed on an open-plan ground floor that contains the living areas

The transparency of the ground floor is counterposed to the introversion of the first floor, where private spaces surround the two patios

Villa #12 / People’s Republic of China

This villa is located in the Island of Sima, an exclusive golf club in southern China.
The villa combines classical typologies of Italian architecture. The ground floor resumes the typical design of the Palladian villas (eg: Villa Poiana) with the entrance hall through, the pair of hidden staircases and rooms symmetrically placed to left and right sides. The first floor, with the sleeping area, reproposes the typical Mediterranean patios house. The master area and the guest zone area are completely separate and overlooking two gardens. The view to the landscape is filtered through the glass walls of the patios. The sleeping area focuses on the privacy of the guests and the host while the living area (ground floor ) is completely open to the landscape.
The first floor is closed by a brick glass wall; the closed rooms of ground floor (the service spaces) are coated by Travertino stone. The main rooms are defined by large sliding windows.
The cantilever of the first floor creates large porches that become an outdoor extension of dining room and living room. The porches allow to protect interiors spaces from direct sunlight, as a traditional Chinese house.

Simapo Island
People's Republic of China
Concept, preliminary design, final design
Architectural Project:
Orazio Basso, Stefania Previati, Davide Scagliarini, Alessandro Simonato (studioarchitettura associati)
Structural Engineering:
W.E.I.'N Venice S.r.l.