The project was developed on a plot of 2,500 sqm and it had two main commitments: the first is the rehabilitation of the villa designed by Arturo Soria in the year 1915 and the second, the construction of a new small block of flats. The dialogue between old and new emerges once again. Our main target to face this work was the integration of a villa of a high historic value with a contemporary building , trying to link the architectural heritage and the requested functional requirements.
The villa was the object of a rigorous comprehensive rehabilitation in which we preserve its distribution and original plans, as well as the main architectural details of its original design. The new building is a little bit different and tries to combine the allotted buildable area to the uniqueness of the villa thanks to certain strategies such as the setback of upper floors, the volume fragmentation and the colour. The result has the look of the urban garden sought by Arturo Soria. With this project, we pay tribute to an exceptional urban planner who found the way of combining urban thinking and entrepreneurship and who materialize what once was described as utopia: urbanising the rural areas and ruralising the city.