Palladian Villa

Designed looking at the best examples of the Palladian Villas, this house clearly shows its source of inspiration based of Italian Classical domestic architecture. In the plan of Palladian Villas the main goal was the achievement of perfect harmony between the architectural form, the living  functions and the surrounding landscape. Inspired by the symmetry of Roman buildings the house is the geometric epitome of  the spatial characteristics present in all Palladio’s villas, becoming, through the simplicity of its style and plan, emblematic of the canons which characterize the Palladian work. The house is framed by two arched wings (barchesse) which connect the garage and owner’s workshop to the main house. The balance and harmony of the architectural composition arise from the rhythmic succession of volumes, heights and spaces, coordinated but separate in the sequence of villa – barchesse –terminal buildings (garage-workshop).

The outer appearance of the Palladian Villa is marked by a simple treatment of the entire body of the building, whose structure is determined by a geometrical rhythm. The living quarters are raised above ground-level, as are all of Palladio’s villas. A wide flight of steps leads up to the entry loggia which takes the form of an ionic columns pronao crowned by temple front pediment. The simplicity of the owner’s dwelling, with the pronao- entry loggia standing  out from the core of the building as an entrance hall, is repeated with greater evidence in the barchesse, where the arches of the long colonnade rest on pilasters, their capitals reduced to simple moulding. The estetical harmony of the exterior facade of this house achieves its maximum expression in reflecting the principles of Humanism the  by transposing the proportions present in musical harmony to the architectural design.