Nestled in the greenery of the Tuscan countryside, not far from Florence, Villa Gelsomino was born from the demolition and reconstruction of a single-family villa completely redesigned and converted into a two-family villa. A fascinating combination of Tuscan rural architecture and contemporary design, the Villa has a rational shape and a volumetric composition that integrate perfectly with the landscape, creating a visual harmony between the design vision and the surrounding nature.
Villa Gelsomino has a mirror layout: on the ground floor there is the living area – also equipped with a bedroom/study and a laundry area – which opens onto an internal courtyard and the garden. Going up the stairs, on the first floor there is the sleeping area with a terrace overlooking the surrounding hills. Here a master bedroom with a large wardrobe and the master bathroom have been created. On the other side there is a secondary bedroom with its private bathroom, a wardrobe and a large terrace. Both bathrooms are illuminated by skylights from the roof.
Built according to green building standards, the structure of the Villa is made of steel infilled with dry panels and external insulation systems which guarantee high energy performance with an eye also to the theme of sustainability. Furthermore, the integration of a sophisticated solar panel system has made it possible to obtain a highly sustainable solution from an energy point of view, which actively contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions.
The building, thanks to careful and detailed design, took into account the landscape values and environmental constraints of the place. By evaluating aspects such as the position, orientation and morphology of the land, the garden surrounding the house will be slightly modified in order to create the new entrance.
Villa Gelsomino won the THE PLAN Award 2023 in the “Future House” category, an annual international award for excellence in architecture, interior design and urban planning.