Built for the founder of a major Milan law firm as a weekend getaway, the goal of this project was to create a haven of spectacular calm and beauty for someone whose work accompanies him at all times. He wanted a place where he could “unplug” from the daily stress of his career while, if necessary, also continuing vital assignments that could not be abandoned—even on his days “off.”
Corniglia is a small village in the stunning Cinque Terre region on the shores of the Mediterranean’s Ligurian Sea. It clings 80 meters above the stunning Italian Riviera coastline atop a cliff and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Therefore, this project was challenging both because of the difficulty of accessing the site and the significant development regulations that protect an area rich in history and beauty.
In order to avoid feeling restrained by what is a densely built village, we orientated the home towards the sea, joining terraces to outdoor areas to interior rooms using glass in lieu of walls. This expanded the sense of space throughout by opening multiple vistas of the sea, which is replete with boat traffic and, in winter, passing whales. The cliff-top setting can, under the correct environmental circumstances, give the sense that one is riding the ocean atop a stunningly tall ship.