Casa Salvati is part of an ensemble of three holiday homes built by the architects Alberto Salvati and Ambrogio Tresoldi in 1972 on a hill on the western shore of Lake Garda. An important element of Salvati and Tresoldi’s work was the use of colour. Thus, the white cube welcomes visitors with a bright yellow staircase. At the back, a cube-shaped blue balcony boldly protrudes from the façade. This shade of blue can also be found inside the building: the tiles, laid on the floors in a diamond pattern and on the walls in a chequerboard pattern, constitute a conspicuous design element. In addition to the colour features and geometric shapes, the open-plan concept characterises the ambience. The glass entrance door leads directly into the living area, which opens up over two levels at the front and is zoned by a room divider with a fireplace. On one side is a dining table and a sitting area with access to the terrace. On the other side is another dining area, a bathroom and the kitchen. A natural stone stairway leads to the upper floor with a gallery that provides access to three bedrooms and a bathroom.
Casa Salvati was renovated carefully, preserving the historical substance. Everything is in its original condition: floors and windows, kitchen and bathrooms, fixtures and furniture. The monobloc island kitchen model (Rossana), which was exhibited at the MoMA in New York in 1972, has been considered a “design classic” ever since its creation. Modern technology (for example, the kitchen features an induction cooker) and modern design were added with great sensitivity.
The house is situated amidst cypresses, pines and olive trees on a 1,000-square-metre plot with beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. Whether on the roofed south-facing terrace at the back, the breakfast and barbecue area in front of the house, in the hammock or in the deck chair: everyone will find their favourite spot here.
What to do
Table tennis in the garden, visit to the weekly markets and wineries in the area, surrounding nature park with hiking trails. The village of Maclino is a 5- to 10-minute walk away; the centre of Maderno, the harbour and the lake promenade with beaches and the Lido are about 20-25 minutes away; the pretty towns of Gargnano, Gardone and Salò are about 10 - 15 minutes away by car. A golf course is just a 10-minute drive away. Day trips to Verona, Venice, Milan and Bergamo.
Why we like this house
A house that exudes the lightness of the 1970s, surrounded by a Mediterranean garden — here you quickly get that Dolce Vita feeling.
This house is great for
Couples, families, architecture lovers
Details of the property
Region/Town: IT – Italy, Lombardy, Toscolano-Maderno
Name: Casa Salvati
Scenery: On a slope of "Monte Maderno" on the western shore of Lake Garda
Number of guests: Max. 5
Completed: 1972, 2019 (renovation)
Design: Alberto Salvati and Ambrogio Tresoldi
Published: Salvati e Tresoldi – Architettura e Design, Electa Milano 1980, Lo spazio delle interazioni, Electa Milano 1985, "Domus", n. 518, Jan. 1973, "Ville Giardini", n. 65, May 1973, "Tutti Ville", n. 30, Nov. 1973, "Milanocasa", April-May 1974, "G.I. (Global Interior), n. 8, 1974, "Architektur & Wohnen", n. 1/76, "G.A. Houses", n. 5, Dic. 1976, "Gap Casa", n. 15, Jan/Feb 1983
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