Casa Farfalla villa, located on the Lucca hills in Tuscany (Italy), was reconstructed upon the project of Michel Boucquillon and Donia Maaoui. These famous architect and designer created the project of a fabulous house for their family, intended not only for comfortable living, yet for efficient work as well.
Once they saw this original, but half-ruined house, they felt that this is the place they want to settle at. Beautiful panoramic view on the picturesque maritime town and charming rural surroundings only strengthen them in their decision.
The house is located on the hill, on the very seashore, and overlooks outstanding seascape and Tuscan vineyards. The building is perfectly integrated into the landscape. The flank façades are totally made of glass, whereas the front and rear ones contain small windows, typical for this region.
Modern architecture is tightly bound to the development of technologies. On account of high summer temperature the architects have developed a unique, hydraulically managed roof. It consists of two wings with a total square of 110 m2, which may be lifted by 6 hydraulic cylinders for an angle of 30°. Such approach allowed to create natural ventilation and refrigeration of the house. Apart from that, when the roof is lifted at night, it allows to enjoy the breathtaking view on the night Tuscan sky.
Rocky lands of this region consist mainly of marble, which is rather spread here. The famous place Carrara, which gave the name to the most famous and expensive type of this wonderful mineral, is located nearby.
The architects cannot but took advantage of this opportunity and widely used marble for construction purposes. One of the walls is actually a part of marble cliff, which the designers preferred not to hide behind the finishing.
A bright red staircase predominates in the interior. The rest of the interior elements are performed in neutral tones, mainly in white, grey and black. Minimalist design is well-balanced with the marvellous view on the surrounding beauties.
The house is surrounded by the land plot of 10 hectares, which allocate olive garden. There is also a helicopter pad, big swimming pool and beautiful garden with a seashore view on this territory.
Photos courtesy of Michel Boucquillon & Donia Maaoui