On the island of Albarella, in the northern Adriatic, architect Genny Augusti of the Leonardo architecture firm designed a place characterized by water and lightness. It is a house suspended above a large swimming pool. “The villa rises from the water to gaze into the infinite horizon of the sea, exactly facing east,” Augusti said.

The almost 300-square-meter residence is located above a dated, semi-detached house that is suffocated by vegetation and, above all, built without any emphasis on its proximity to the sea. “Hence the idea of creating a terrace roof that would allow the owners to enjoy the splendid panorama,” the architect explained. “The client wanted a minimalist design and spaces that could be used with total freedom. Our inspiration is the ultimate master, Mies Van Der Rohe, who, with his modernist concept, enhanced traditional materials with pure, minimalist design. I emphasized the link with the landscape and the local area, creating a house that can be lived in both inside and outside in equal measure. Hence the importance of the outdoor areas, intended as spaces dedicated to everyday life, in complete freedom and in close contact with nature. And the large glass walls underscore these characteristics.”

To highlight and facilitate this continuity between spaces, Memento porcelain stoneware from Marazzi was chosen in the Silver color, with a cement gray effect and the large size (75 x 150 cm), leaving a minimal, almost non-existent joint. “A color that allows total freedom of choice when it comes to furnishings and that pairs well with natural wood, used as decking around the pool and on the steps of the central stairs,” Augusti said.

The Memento20 50- x 100-cm, extra-thick concrete-effect porcelain stoneware collection was again chosen to cover the terrace, laid on a raised floor.

The swimming pool intersects the house and is accessed by a walkway above the water. The interior spaces are primarily on the ground floor, with large glass walls and a 50-square-meter portico. Solutions that are linear, but not cold, were chosen for the furnishings and finishes, enhancing the link with nature. Some parts of the bathrooms were covered with Marazzi’s Mystone Ceppo di Gré large-format 75 x 150 cm slabs, “which contribute to making the bathroom more intimate and softer,” according to Augusti. “In general, the extensive use of porcelain stoneware is due to its practicality and ease of use, as well as its uniform colors and virtually unaltered durability over time,” he said.

Qualities that are certainly advantageous when it comes to houses exposed to the marine climate.