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House tour: A futuristic-looking colossal sculpture of a home
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This futuristic-looking home is a colossal sculpture that houses generous spaces and elements inspired by fengshui principles.

Designed by Mercurio Design Lab S.r.I (MDL) with project architect A.M. Architects, Villa Otto is the latest in a series of award-winning bungalows that the Italian studio has designed for the same client. As such, the client had complete trust in the team’s ability in coming up with yet another unique design.

“The owner’s brief focused on the number and size of rooms that he and his family needed. He left the style, massing and organisation to us,” says Massimo Mercurio, managing director of MDL.

The homeowner is particular about fengshui and other auspicious symbolisms, which inspired the way everything was designed in his home. “Otto” means eight in Italian, a number that is associated with prosperity in Chinese culture, and the basic massing of the home is also in the configuration of a giant figure eight. The home is sited against a forest backdrop, which reinforces the fengshui principle of stability.

The two interlocking circular pavilions, each with an internal courtyard atrium in the middle, emphasises the eight-form of the home, and draws light into it.