La Torretta of Villa Mogna
La Torretta of Villa Mogna
In Pecetto, the “town of cherries” located on the hill south-east of Turin, stands the historic Villa Mogna, so called because it was the ancient residence of Mario Mogna, mayor of the town at the beginning of the twentieth century, who was responsible for the introduction of cherry cultivation, fundamental to the local economy.
The ancient house, built in the eighteenth century, is surrounded by a park of over 3,000 square meters: inside, not far from the manor house, stands an ancient tower built in the nineteenth century, the subject of a recent renovation by the Gruppo Building . A project intended to give new life to the three-storey building, transforming it into a livable and modern space, characterized by innovative solutions and equipped with cutting-edge technological devices: ideal to accommodate, like an outbuilding, the guests of the villa on weekends.
The works, handmade and lasted about eight months, have restored the perimeter walls of the tower, using mortar and ancient bricks and keeping the original ones visible at the window frames. Iron and glass were mainly used for the renovation. In addition, roof, fixtures and heating system have been renovated in the name of energy saving and thermal comfort, while the electrical system has benefited from the introduction of home automation and mobile control.
The intervention of the Gruppo Building has allowed the small tower (the floor area is 6 square meters per floor, plus the scale) to evolve into a contemporary, rational environment, whose volumes and perspectives are expanded by an original game of transparency and brightness that, crossing the three levels of the building, allows you to see beyond the available spaces.
Surrounded by a garden for exclusive use of 300 square meters, the Torretta di Pecetto has, on the ground floor, an entrance area with mirror door and bathroom. On the first floor was set up the relaxation area, with armchair and coffee corner. At the top, on the second floor, the bedroom with TV overlooking the garden.
The interiors, curated by BP+P Boffa Petrone & Partners, stand out for their minimalist and essential design, which ranges from elements inspired by the sixties, such as Zanotta’s chaise longue on the first floor, to more modern elements, such as the coffee table (always on the first floor) from the shape of a mechanical so-spension, designed by Lapo Elkann. Added to these elements are the lighting system designed by Lucifer’s and the design of the bathroom by Agape.
Above all, the Torretta is accompanied, in its vertical development, by a real artistic path, called “A staircase to the sky”, the work of Fabio Calvetti. Designed to add a touch of poetry to the modern and technological soul of the tower, the installation is divided into a series of five paintings (Un soffio di vento, Quelle mani, Il riflesso della bellezza, Fiori come baci, Dentro la luce) that, from the ground floor to the highest floor, mark in as many stages the rhythm of an ideal journey towards light and beauty, with the female figure as a theme and thread red. The path, thanks to the transparent plans, can lend itself to different senses of reading, from bottom to top and vice versa, in an ideal-ternanza of views and perspectives.
A special thanks goes to Aldo Marchese for entrusting us with this important project, to Domenico Amato (foreman), Maurizio Bonansea (scale) and Roberto Marchiori (stucco).
Ground floor: Entrance hall, bathroom
First floor: Relaxation area
Second Floor: Bedroom