Roman Villa proposes a house that is reduced to a billboard and sleeping cells; the billboard constructs the desired image towards the context, a front independent from anything else. The cells provide a minimum necessary privacy. The luxury is given to the common spaces and garden; an ambiguous duality occurs between the humble private spaces and the extravagant garden.
The proposal is an extreme version of the Italian roman villa typology where the landscape was included as a fundamental element in the formal plan of the architectural composition. This often reached a degree where the architectural configuration of the house itself was seemingly secondary compared to the presence of the garden. The proposal is an interpretation of the Petralona House as a roman villa; in this house the design accentuates the value of a small garden in the center of a dense metropolis.
team: Konstantinos Pantazis, Marianna Rentzou, Irini Perraki, Filippo Edoni
location: New York