VILLA DELLA REGINA
Villa della Regina used to be an instrument of pleasure. Languidly resting on the Turin hills, this "pleasures home" offered to guests and residents a fine setting for leisure and society skirmishes, between rooms paneled with lacquered and golden wood, Italian gardens, water games, dramatic pavilions and caves.
Villa della Regina used to be an instrument of production. For the enterprising mercantile middle class vineyards represented more a source of agricultural income rather than leisure landscapes. The hill had been “tamed” and ordered into gardens, woods and vineyards.
The main hall hosts reception and institutional programs. This vaulted and airy space stands in dialogue with the garden and the villa, introducing visitors to the rooms of the historic building and acting as a distribution space to the service rooms (entrance, cloakroom, restaurant and bar, bookshop). A cosy interior garden acts as a filter between the rooms open to the public and the maintainance staff ones. This at the same time becomes the place where rainwater is collected and preserved. The composure of the architectural facade that communicates with the eighteenth-century garden gives way to a more informal roof garden design.While the front is hard and austere, the roof is spongy and exuberant. This can be reached through a spiral staircase, an elevator or several paths through the park. At the top level finds place a loose matrix of plants and terraces open to the public, visible from the surroundings. This choice reflects also the conviction that the roof design is, in this context and given the topography of the complex, probably even more relevant than the design of facades. The same plants, with the passing of the seasons, give the building a lively character, thanks to the continuos evolution of the colors of greenery. The presence of vegetation and the design of this thick and porous roof, with permeability characteristics similar to those of cultivated land, ensure considerable comfort and high energetic performances.
Thanks to superb views towards the city and the creation of contemporary and appropriate services, the large main hall and the roof can become places to accommodate social events and recreational programs, independent from the Villa's cultural institution. Villa della Regina aims in this way to become one of the shiniest jewels of the "Green Crown" of Turin.
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