The Maremma region on the southern coast of Tuscany is characterized by wide plains, gentle hills and the nearby sea. The architecture of the Maremma House refers directly to this landscape. Built over three levels, its horizontal lines reflect the natural surroundings. The ultra-modern building does not contrast with the natural world around it, but rather blends into it, looking for all the world as if the lower floor has grown out of the hillside. The lower, partially underground level features two bedrooms and the utility rooms. While on the exterior, the house’s tufa-stone façade recalls the use of volcanic rock, a centuries-old regional building tradition. On the middle level you will find the living, dining and cooking area, and a terrace complete with a pool. The white plastered walls were inspired by typical mediterranean architecture. From the terrace, a steel staircase leads to the top level and the main bedroom, which is also accessible via an internal staircase. The interior wood panelling and additional brass and copper details on this floor, and the shape of the house combined with the external staircases, create an almost nautical atmosphere. You can even see the sea out in the distance: the house offers panoramic views over the hills all the way to the Tyrrhenian Sea.
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What to do
Hiking, swimming, visiting the area’s historical villages, thermal springs, the beach (20 minutes away by car).
Why we like this house
Visitors will be imbued with the light, elegant atmosphere of the house. You don’t run here, you walk gracefully down the stairs and glide into the serenely shaped pool.
This house is great for
Families, holidays with friends
|Region/Town||IT – Italy, Tuscany, Magliano in Toscana|
|Scenery||hilltop location, surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and woods|
|Number of guests||6 + 2 (bunk bed)|
|Design||Studio Ponsi, Florence|
|Published||Streifzug #14 (Autumn 2021), IoArch 05/2021, Architects´ Houses, Princeton Architecturial Press 2018, Casabella 9/2017, Design Boom 2/2017, Divisiare 01/2017|
|Criteria||1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), 1-8 (house/apartment), Beach, Family, Garden, Hiking, Mountains, Pool, Sea|
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