Located in Tirana, Albania, this beautiful private villa is designed keeping in mind pure family intimacy and bliss
Impressions: Benoy Sebastian
Images: Andrea Martiradonna
The owners, a couple with three little children, love their home so much that they don’t believe in entertaining guests at home. It is for this reason, the main floor, intended for the common areas of the villa, has been thought as a space where the separation in rooms is minimised, so as to enjoy life together. The living area is conceptually divided into two areas – formal and informal, not through walls, but, only through the arrangement of furniture and the design of suspended ceilings.
The dining area is positioned in a beautiful bow window situated between the living area and the kitchen. Beside hosting the areas intended for the family’s daily life such as the entrance, the living room and the kitchen, the ground floor also has a guest room for the relatives; there is a basement, an office zone, a second guest room, a premise for the laundry, and a hobby room for children.
The green sofas in the formal living recall the fields of olive trees in the hills, the pink colour of the seats in the master bedroom and of the curtains in the living room are an expression of the colour of flowers in spring, the yellow at the entrance reflects the citrus trees, whereas the combination of grey and blue carpets and of some seats recalls the Tirana lake, while the caramel corridor on the first floor suggests the colours of sunset. The master bedroom and the two kids bedroom are all situated on the first floor.
An external pavilion situated close to the swimming pool is reserved for the guests, with a guest house, equipped with a bedroom, a living area with a fireplace and a small, nonseparated kitchen. Outside the villa, the swimming pool is the centre of attention, with its barbecue and leisure areas, rich in flowering and fruit trees cared with extreme love and passion by the owners. The combination of colours has been taken into account in connection
with the carpets, all of which chromatically match the coverings, the materials, and the chromatic patterns.
A neutral colour has been used for the facades, with an emphasis on the architectural elements by the Lecce stone, also used for the floor and the pool, creating a soft contrast with the surrounding green. The trees, most of which are from the Mediterranean area, interact with the surroundings natural green.
The olive tree is a highly symbolic plant in Albania (just as it is in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean area). The villa is surrounded by an unspoiled natural environment, which does not present any invasive infrastructure or architecture, turning every point of view from the house on the outside into a picture.