Villa Vento Residential Villa by Massimo Mercurio

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Villa Vento

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Residential Villa

INSPIRATION:
Villa Vento ('wind' in Italian), was inspired by the iconic C42 cabin cruiser, and thus conjures the image of a boat driving on water. It references the sea, and succeeds in making spectators experience not just wind on their face or sea salt on their lips, but moreover, into the soul, the healing power of the infinite seas.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
A nod to a cabin cruiser: the villa has a vaulted roof, cabins and deck, and is swathed with glazing. The pearl white walls with a metallic tinge replicate a hull. Structural elements were assembled with an orthogonal ground floor framework thrusting towards the canal. The interiors of Vento resembles that of a high-end motorboat with wooden cladding, cabin-like beds and portholes for windows. Everything inside is designed to be representative of a boat.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
One likewise goes through a staged arrival sequence where first, a moat must be crossed. A bespoke sculpture, that of a whirlwind in a small fountain, harks to feng shui. In here, there are no rooms but cabins: two guest rooms, for example hold small, rounded, forward-slanting windows and cozy intimate bathrooms. Meanwhile, the upstairs entertainment space resembles a grand stateroom, with glass walls thrusting outwards (as on a cruise ship) and an extensive deck. There are, of course, a pool, jacuzzi, and a private pontoon on the canal.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Villa Vento is located in the island of Sentosa in Singapore, a mere 15 minute drive from downtown. It is the only part of Singapore where non-residents can buy land freehold. Due to the complexities of the building and difficulties with the contractor, the construction started in 2009 and completed in 2016.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Villa Vento defies the box form with no external column; the exoskeleton is the structure. The design intent of rounded and slated concrete elements, walls, and glass were a challenge to build. Use of timber and travertine elements alludes to the continuous surfaces of boat interiors. It has a powerful orthogonal ground floor framework thrusting towards the canal, as well as an upper level defined by the vaulting roof. The interiors merges with the landscape and leaves the structure of the building to inhabit the site in an assertively graphic gesture.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Built area is 680 sqm. For further details, please refer to the document attachment of this submission.

TAGS:
Villa, Sentosa, bungalow, yacht, house, Mercurio Design Lab, resort living, tropical architecture, Mistral, Sentosa, cruise ship

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Located on the tranquil eastern coast of Sentosa Island, Sentosa Cove is the first and most exclusive marina residential community in Singapore that offers tropical resort living. The desired architectural style of Vento is to be generally tropical and to fit into the context of Sentosa Cove. The lifestyle design of villa was sculpted with the spirit of ocean, a speedboat with a cabin and flying bridge in a clear attempt to break free from the rigid shape of a straight structure and four walls.

CHALLENGE:
A great interest to the client is Fengshui. The client would ask for his Fengshui Master to approve design, and in particular, to layout planning. The personal exploration of Massimo Mercurio for Buddhism in early life empowered him a broad understanding of Chinese philosophy, and communication was made smooth between Architectural principles and Fengshui theories.

ADDED DATE:
2018-06-27 10:06:44

TEAM MEMBERS (5) :
Massimo Mercurio, Kimberly Liu , Andrew Goh Ming Chao , Aerin Ong and Cecilia Kusumo

IMAGE CREDITS:
Photograph by: CI&A Photography
Video by: Janne Rey Soriano

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Mercurio Design Lab S.r.l.

PROFILE:
MERCURIO DESIGN LAB S.r.l. (MDL) is an award-winning Italian design studio that creates avant- garde concepts inspired by the vibrancy of Asia. Borne of AMA Group, one of the largest architectural consortia in continental Europe for more than 50 years now, MDL creates new milestones in architecture, interior design and industrial design. Since its inception, MDL has been a place for ideas and thoughts, with a high energy to generate architecturally meaningful works. The team is composed of passionate architects, engineers, designers and artists who integrate art with technology in their design process, while respecting the three fundamental criteria: the functional, the aesthetic and the social.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Villa Vento Residential Villa by Massimo Mercurio is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Villa Vento Residential Villa by Massimo Mercurio is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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