The Roman emperor Hadrian was absolutely obsessed with curves and could not stand the thought of a straight line continuing forever in the same direction. Every line incorporated in his lavish living space in Tivoli had to be rounded at some point and in this way, Haus D is exemplary of the ancient tradition that successfully fuses straight and round directions.

An equally remarkable relationship is that between the use of stone and wood. In these open space rooms, wood and masonry are used interchangeably to create a familiar, natural countryside setting that is truly unique to small hill towns like Novacella. Though it is bold in its surroundings, Haus D is a welcomed modern take on an ancient concept.

Its a single-family home that blends into its surroundings via materials but also sets itself apart in style. One could argue that this style is not welcomed in such a contemporary neighborhood but the functionality of the individual rooms nods at an aged European approach that is very much embedded in this community. The incorporated colors are charcoal, chocolate brown, that of natural concrete and stone and khaki. For this reason, this dwelling is not only a perfect example of a balanced use of mediums but also of color and textures.



 

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