Matteo Thun & Partners designs modest holiday homes to preserve pine trees
Matteo Thun & Partners has designed a masterplan for 6,400 sq m of Marina di Venezia Camping, located in Cavallino Treporti near Venice. A group of 32 small patio houses, called 'Garden Villas', offer a contemporary interpretation of camping bungalows providing both comfort and close contact with nature.
The project was guided by the presence of a considerable number pine trees and the wish to save as many of them as possible. This determined both the overall 'botanical architecture' layout as well as the floor plan of the villas. Two opposing volumes, a courtyard with a terrace, a lawn and the original pine trees compose each wooden Garden Villa. The green and the terrace, including a shower, become integrated parts of the living and offer a close and fresh contact to nature. Two bedrooms and a bathroom are situated on the one side of the garden and the living area includes the dining and kitchen, a TV corner and a bathroom.
The roof of the terrace provides shade on sunny days and protection in case of rain in order to perfectly connect the two areas. Thanks to the wide, double-glazed window fronts, the interiors and exterior melt together. The natural stone floor used both indoors and outdoors highlights the fluidity between all areas. The building is made with wood-cement blocks, an environmentally friendly material, granting thermal and acoustic insulation and the larch-wood cladding ages beautifully with wind and sun so the facades of the villas gain an individual character.