Renato Arrigo: a Villa on the Strait of Messina

Renato Arrigo,


Landscape, Sport & Wellness, Ville,



Messina, Sicily. Sometimes architecture is a matter of being in the right place at the right time. A variant made while construction was underway has created a contemporary villa that stands out from its surroundings and meets the client’s needs.

Renato Arrigo: a Villa on the Strait of Messina

Architect Renato Arrigo took over from the original architect and revolutionised the plans while construction was already underway. It’s important that a house be liked by the person who lives in it, and the client didn't like the fact that the house looked just like the others all around it and wanted to make some changes. The Sicilian architect changed the beams, pillars, walls, windows and stairways to create a building that breaks with its surroundings.
What we see now on this breath-taking site on the Strait of Messina is a white villa in a contemporary style, which manages to dialogue with the buildings around it through the greenery of its gardens despite the differences in style.
The views from the home are chosen, not forced: large windows and glass parapets frame the landscape without denying its beauty. A staircase connects all three levels in the building, playing with the interiors and the double volumes, leaving plenty of room for the feelings that a custom-designed home ought to inspire.

Francesco Cibati

Architect: Renato Arrigo
Year: 2013
Location: Messina, Sicily, Italy
Surface area: 665 sqm
Photos: Maria Teresa Furnari



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