A Submerged Home in Miglionico

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Found in the arch of Italy’s iconic silhouette, Lago di San Giuliano is a large freshwater lake surrounded by some of the most picturesque mountains to be found in the country. Just south of the lake, Rome studio OSA has created a sequence of luxury one-story buildings submerged in the crest of the hill overlooking Lago di San Giuliano from the town of Miglionico.

Constructed from concrete and timber whose grey hues merge with the natural landscape, the Residenza Unifamiliare comprises a spacious main residence and self-contained guest suites, separated by a simple, narrow terrace. Inside, the residence retains the industrial feel given by its concrete structure but is given a more modern aesthetic thanks to the subtle but effective use of colour and natural wooden details. The bedrooms of both the main residence and guestrooms are situated behind timber walls, offering privacy and warmth particularly during the cooler months of autumn and winter.

To the exterior, the residence is defined by clean, sharp lines and offers two rectangular swimming pools with breath-taking views over the surrounding landscape from the poolside. The use of skylights simultaneously allows the space inside to benefit from the region’s abundance of natural light and for green spaces dotted around the building’s terraces to flourish. The rooftops sit level with the natural contours of the sloping landscape, and the planting covering the roofs allows the building to be further integrated into the orographic profile of the hillside.

To see more of OSA Architecture’s work, visit the studio’s website.

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Words by Liam Roberts. Images property of OSA architettura e paesaggio

Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

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