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This is one of two adjacent bungalows designed for the same client who had the idea of building a pair of villas with similar style yet each stands out with it’s own character. Mistral comes from a period when Massimo was playing with the idea of designing a building with some affiliation to other objects. The driving idea was to develop a form which conjured up the image of a powerful boat driving through the water.
Named after the seasonal strong, north-westerly wind that blows across the Mediterranean, Mistral is like a sleek yacht. Painted in all white with a metallic tinge, Mistral has a powerful solidity to it.The structural elements are expressed both externally and internally, simultaneously referencing a boat and communicating the sense of a strong forward thrust. It exploits the angularity of outward-leaning structural elements and similarly angled glazed walls to fashion and almost vertiginous experience both inside and outside of a powerful vessel driving through the sea.
The street elevation of Mistral combines timber and concrete in a façade penetrated by windows of varying scale to generate a strong rhythmic quality. This is complemented by the forward-thrusting angularity of the building which leads the eye towards the water which is only barely glimpsed at this stage.