There’s something so compelling about this minimalistic villa shanghaied on the edge of a rocky Mediterranean landscape. One of five small villas conceptualized for varying landscapes by Italian design studio LAD, Villa Minima #3 is a distorted parallelepiped structure envisioned for a private residence in Turkey.
Designed as additions to existing structures, which are likely neglected or disused, each of the five villas has a different shape that fits the topography for which they are envisioned.
Villa Minima #3 looks like a square caterpillar climbing up the side of a mountain, but it’s actually a 3D figure formed by six distorted parallelograms, a parallelepiped that has been shifted to balance on the rocky cliff.
Because the villa is an extension, it is kept small with no more than two bedrooms and a very simple interior. This one would be 1,615 square feet, if it were built, which is still relatively large for those of us who prioritize the smallest possible footprint.
There’s a master bedroom on one end of the villa, and the living room is on the other end – both of them frame different views of the surrounding landscape in Antalya – right on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea – to which the house has been adapted.
“All projects are based on the distortion of a simple geometric figure; each distortion is a device designed to correspond to a panoramic view from the interior space, framing nature and allowing for contemplation of the landscape,” writes LAD.
“This characteristic underlines the iconography of the projects: the dichotomy between nature and edifice.”