Photo essay: La Saracena designed by Luigi Moretti in state of decay

The work of Emiliano and Lorenzo Zandri reports the state of the 1957's Italian villa.

La Saracena, Luigi Morelli, interni

The form becomes structure, the space conquests the world. This is La Saracena, villa designed by Luigi Moretti in 1957, now under architectural restoring.

The sleeping area of the house - divided into two levels - is on the left of the main gallery; while, on the right, there is the living area. Centrally a gallery brings to the entrance and the external garden. The other side is leading to the main big room. Behind that, there is a private open space with toilets. The structure is an expression of the time in which Luigi Moretti was working. Inside the house, the walls produce emotional qualities. The compactness of La Saracena's building is made in order to create a unique corpus. The material shrinks in the side of the patio to "counteract the pressure of the outside world", and then is dilated almost to disappear to the sea toward the infinity.

The descendant way to the seaside brings to the gate designed by the American artist Claire Falkenstein, actually ruined by time.

Villa La Saracena (Santa Marinella). La Saracena was commissioned to Luigi Moretti by Francesco Malgieri, journalist of Corriere della Sera, for her daughter, Luciana Pignatelli d'Aragona Cortez. It is annexed to the so-called unfinished triptych of Santa Marinella, comprising the Califfa and Moresca villas.

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