Located on the edge of Roero Woods, in northwestern Italy, Villa Rambo rises from a gently sloping hills, offering a stunning view of the Alps.
The client, a botanical expert, established as main requirement to keep all the plants untouched and an house “hidden” in the woods. To fulfill his request the exposed concrete slabs were created with a mixture of dark and brown ferric oxides, and together with the dark brown bricks of the walls, the two main materials harmonize with the colors of the landscape
The exposed concrete basements strongly differ from the darker tones of the residential blocks, two elongated volumes extending eastwards and southward, flanking the site and embracing the grove of walnut trees.
To include a brighter accent to the whole construction a series of yellow vertical louvers rotate to offer sun shading to the expansive verandas.
Main exterior view at sunset
Two elongated volumes pivot around the cubic volume of the common staircase
The Alps and Monviso in the background
The volumes follow the natural topography of the site
Close view of the exposed concrete slabs , brick wall and aluminium louvers
Aluminium louvers rotate to create shaded areas in the large verandas
Light grey exposed concrete in the main entrance
The main entrance door is coated with a “rusty brown” metal to merge wiht the dark brick facade.
The exposed concrete structure enhance the brightness and the simplicity of the space.
First Floor Plan