Villa Pietranna, located in the Friulian-Venetian hill landscape, is a masterpiece of architecture designed by the renowned Canavese architect Domenico Rupolo.
Although the exact date of construction of the villa is unknown, it is believed to have been built between the first and second decade of the 20th century. The villa's name, which translates to "Pietro and Anna's villa," pays homage to the love story between Pietro and Anna, the parents of the architect.
The villa's architecture exhibits elements of Romanesque, Byzantine, and Gothic cultures, which are characteristic of Rupolo's style. Despite its close resemblance to Art Nouveau villas, the villa also features towers, spires, and false embrasures reminiscent of medieval castles. According to the memoirs of the architect's son, the villa suffered severe damage during the 1915-1918 war and was not restored to its original state.
In its current state, the villa boasts a hill that was created by the owner to provide a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. The villa's allegorical language and early Christian symbolism, possibly reinterpreted in Masonic form, are evident throughout the house. The layout of the house is uniform on each floor, with large corridors leading to various functional spaces.
The restoration of the villa by Feyrsinger Bauträger has maintained the historic character of the building while enhancing its original splendor. The restoration included the creation of true room structures in areas that were previously unused as living space. The use of period-style rooms, such as the kitchen equipped with the typical Friulian cooker, was also maintained
The villa's main floor, historically called the Bel Etage, includes the master bedroom, a guest room, an office, and a large cloakroom. The ground floor features a separate main bathroom accessible from the hallway, while the top floor of the tower includes a hall for parties, another bathroom, a kitchen, and a terrace with a breathtaking view. The installation of six bathrooms, as opposed to the original one, was among the most significant measures taken during the restoration.
The restoration also included the creation of a second entrance on the lower ground floor leading to the building services, laundry room, and two guest rooms. The modernity of this floor is achieved through the use of designer lamps and indirect lighting, emphasizing the historic character of the villa.
The exterior of the villa was enhanced through the restoration of the historic park, which was extended to a total area of 30,000 m2 through the acquisition of additional land. The park includes a helipad, a garage building, and a guest/staff house with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a spacious living room. Walking paths, a bocce court, a swimming pool, and a wellness house with a sauna, fitness room, and relaxation area were also created.
The entire surroundings of Villa Pietranna were redesigned using old porphyry, including all access roads. There are a total of four access roads from all four cardinal directions, aligned with the park, and within the park is a historic forest that has been landscaped and restored. The goal was to create a high-quality outdoor experience while assigning a specific function to each space.
In summary, Villa Pietranna's restoration by Feyrsinger Bauträger has maintained the historic character of the building while enhancing its original splendor. The villa's architecture exhibits elements of Romanesque, Byzantine, and Gothic cultures, while its allegorical language and early Christian symbolism are evident throughout the house. The villa's surrounding park and outdoor spaces have also been redesigned, providing a high-quality outdoor experience
Redevelopment of the building will be completed in July 2024