Several times, property additions are produced to meld with the current structure, to blend away so the distinction amongst old and new is basically null and void. This is not the case with the Paramount Residence, a contemporary dream house located in Sesto, Italy. Created by owner/architect Ulla Hell of Plasma Studio, the two-story extension is a mesmerizing “webbed” timber program which commands individual attention–and receives it.
Interestingly, a software program system developed the schematic for this slatted wood-on-steel, angular design element. Starting at the bottom of the hill, this multi-dimensional larch wood formation gently zigs it way upwards, culminating with a thoroughly engaging rooftop sculpture. This modern day masterpiece of living space gracefully mimics the characteristic lines of the nearby Dolomites which rest amongst the scenic backdrop, whilst supplying 360-degree panoramic views. Based on which angle the extension is viewed from, it practically possesses an illusion of movement–so hypnotic!
The 1st level consists of the bedrooms which each open to vast terraces across the home, and are all accessed by a central hallway. It is this exceptional area which deserves attention. A geometric slice of glass extends more than the primary staircase, ascending from wall to ceiling creating an elongated skylight. Simply because of the framing, this glazing seems faceted which is just beautiful.
The second story of the addition is where the young loved ones of 5’s daily interaction requires place. An open strategy includes the living, dining and kitchen spaces which are light-filled, flowing and fresh. Interior hues are left bare, which enables the outside mountain and forestal vistas to penetrate the spaces with more dramatic effect. Naturally, the children’s rooms do add pops of color which adds cheerful surprise to these sleeping and play spaces.
It’s noted that this dwelling also shares space with the family’s modest hotel, as properly as the architect’s office. Now, that’s a far more than functional utilization and maximization of space as I see it.
Innovative in design and style, the Paramount Residence is a modern dream residence with an impactful, yet utterly modern structure which, amazingly, harmonizes effortlessly with its all-natural, historic mountainscape.
Photography is by Hertha Hurnaus.