Villa Midgard sits nestled into a site cut out of the rocky terrain of a hillside. As visitors approach the site, they are met by a green-roofed garage that appears to grow from the rock of the earth.
A limestone walkway leads to the first façade of the home, which is marked by a Corten Steel volume hanging high above the first floor, which is clad in wood screening. The north side of the home features a dark concrete pool cut into the rock as if it were naturally formed. A solar hot water heating system mounted on the roof high above the pool helps offset heating costs. A stairway leads to the subterranean floor, which is covered by a slate exterior. All of these durable materials combine to create a low-maintenance home away from the city that offers a relaxing escape at a moment’s notice.
Inside Villa Midgard the modern aesthetic is continued throughout the clean and sharp lines of the walls, cabinets, and stairs. Rich, dark woods bring warmth to an interior that seems austere at first blush. The playful colors of the tiles in the bathroom give the home character and a sense of self-expression. All-in-all, the home’s interior design responds well to natural daylighting and the sustainability of the materials.