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The house in the rock: an interview with the architect Michel Boucquillon

posted by on January 26th, 2018

Born in Belgium in 1962 from a Belgian father and German mother, Michel Boucquillon graduated in architecture at Saint-Luc in Brussels in 1986. In 1988, aged 26, after two years of working experience in Florence, he won the Architectural competition of the Chamber of the European Parliament in Brussels, signing the beginning of his Architectural and design career. In ‘2000, he opened a second workshop dedicated to industrial design products and experimental architecture in Lucca – Tuscany in his home and office Alibia, where he lives with his wife Donia Maaoui and their two daughters.

Villa Alibia is an extraordinary property, a laboratory and place of experimentation. The villa, the guest house and the swimming pool are real jewels of contemporary architecture and technology immersed in the Tuscan nature. The architecture of the two properties is very bright and transparent.
This is the first house in the world with a hydraulic roof: the two wings of the roof of the villa open at a 30 ° angle like the wings of a butterfly allowing natural ventilation to cool the house and bringing to the villa a very unique magic sensation of literally sleeping under the stars.
Michel is currently working for exclusive clients and for world-known design companies such as Alessi, Artemide, Antoniolupi, Aquamass, Auerhahn, Martinelliluce, Nestle, Serralunga, Tecno, Technolux, Valli Arredobagno, Valli&Valli. He won many international awards and his design creations are exposed in many museums all over the world.
Architect Michel Boucquillon sat down for an interview and touched on an array of topics, from the start of his successful career to his future project.

When did you realize you wanted to be an architect?
All began when I was around 10 or 11 years old. I visited the farm situated close to the house where I lived and it was that bad organized that I returned home and did a little plan sketch called “the ideal farm”. I showed it to the farmer, who thought I was crazy. However, I loved it and it gave me the first sensation of being an architect. At the age of 15 I decided to study architectural drawing at the high school before graduating in Architecture in St Luc, Brussels.

Where does your passion for beauty and art comes from?
All the men of my family, both father and mother side, are Engineers. I am an hybrid: I have always loved drawing and inventing. Architecture made me discover design, and design made me discover art. My wife, Donia, is a sculptor, so we are totally in full immersion with art.

What does villa Alibia represent to you and your career?
When my wife and I decided to move to Italy, we wanted to build our “world of architecture” in one of the most beautiful places in Tuscany: Lucca. We found this extraordinary 10 hectares land in the first hill around Lucca, one of the very rare place where you can perfectly see the hole city and its walls, the middle-aged towers from 200meters high. We wanted to make an innovative but respectful architecture totally opened on the magnificent Mediterranean vegetation by sliding the big windows and opening the roof. The result is a very pleasant place where you have the impression to be outside of the real world, in total harmony with the wonderful surroundings. Who enters in the house is totally emerged in our world and our sensibility. I would say everything you see was drawn by myself, by Donia or by both. The architecture, the furniture, kitchenware, the sculptures, the limited edition furniture …

What can we expect from you in the future? Are you currently working on another magnificent project?
In the future, I will continue creating architectural project worldwide for exclusive clients and industrial design, which is my second passion. At the moment I’m constructing two private houses where the roof will open like in our house. In the design field, I’m drawing with Donia a wide collection of object for Alessi brand, called Bark. I am also drawing high quality furniture, lamps and bathroom products for other world known companies.

E*tra Vergine Oleoteca: the best Umbria can offer!

posted by on November 2nd, 2017

E*tra Vergine Oleoteca is a brand new concept, created by the eclectic architect and olive oil producer Monia Caneschi, whose passions for food, design and olive oil have been combined with those of Pierluigi Ceccarelli, professional sommelier and olive oil taster, who have been working with wine and gastronomy for the past 20 years. The result is a culinary oeuvre, a magic and unique place where it is possible to feel the intense dedication to quality and details. With 250 olive oil labels, all of them personally selected, the olive oil shop E*tra Vergine Oleoteca is an important national and international collection, offering the best Italian olive oil brands and products coming from abroad, all of them with the common characteristic of very high quality.

Oil is the main actor, but also wine, sauces, pasta and herbal liqueurs among other specialties give their contribution for a special evening and memorable culinary experience. The dedicated chef creates delicious plates different every day, depending on the fresh materials available, and with the constant leitmotif with are the olives.

A place where gastronomic culture is explored in the wider meaning, where you can talk about historical and cultural traditions related to the local and national food products and where it is possible to taste products of absolute excellence.

Book a villa in Umbria through Home in Italy and get a free olive oil tasting at the Oleoteca in Spello!

E*tra Vergine Oleoteca S.r.l.s.
Via Garibaldi, 9
Spello (Perugia)
Tel. 0742/651481
extravergineoleoteca@gmail.com

Are you ready for EXPO? The event of the year, not to miss.

posted by on April 14th, 2015

Expo 2015 Feeding the planet, energy for life

Everything is ready: Milan will be the center of the world, from the Expo Gate in front of the Sforzesco Castel on the Navigli canals, to Rho, the new city of the food. Until October 31st, we will talk about food as “energy of our planet”, with the participation of 147 countries, exhibitions, conferences, temporary installations, events and new metropolitan icons, as the Bosco Verticale, the two skyscrapers with more than 900 trees species and 83900 sqm of terraces, created by Stefano Boeri.

The theme at the center of the event

Food is nourishment, pleasure, taste, home, family, art, war, peace, affection, love and, most of all, “Food is Life”, for us and for the planet.
A unique journey not to be missed among people arriving from far away offering their foods, their cultures, their traditions, their shows. A journey that describes “a place where cultures, traditions and flavors cross between extraordinary architectures”.

The China Corporate United Pavillon at Expo 2015

EXPO will host four thematic areas, from the Pavillon Zero, which tells the story of man through his relationship with food, to Future Food District, which explains how technology will change the storage, distribution, purchase and consumption of food. The other two areas are the Biodiversity Park, a large garden where it is reproduced the variety of ecosystems which can be found on our planet, and the Art & Food, an extraordinary exhibition showing how the relationship between art and food has changed over the centuries.

The Vanke Pavillon created by Daniel Libeskind

Expo Milano 2015 introduces a new model of Universal Exhibition: not only a showcase of the best technologies for a sustainable future, but a global and interactive event with thousands of cultural occasions and entertainment both inside and outside the exhibition site. Shows, concerts, conferences, show cooking, workshops and exhibitions will transform Expo Milano 2015 in a big party with a chance to learn while having fun.

LUXURY APARTMENT IN FLORENCE

posted by on September 12th, 2013

Cieffe is one of the most luxurious private experiences in Florence accommodations today. This fascinating residence matching the modern comfort with history gives you the very best of Florentine life.

Palazzo Bardi, whose apartment Cieffe represents the noble floor (Piano Nobile), was built in 1420 by Brunelleschi. It is located between the Arno River, the Uffizi gallery and Santa Croce. The building is considered the first step towards a new model of private renaissance palace in Florence, changing the late gothic architecture. The courtyard of the palazzo is decorated with Andrea della Robbia majolicas, a crown of big columns typical of Brunelleschi’s style, antique marble and precious Renaissance ironworks.

The name of the apartment is due to the fact that in the 16th century the Cieffe used to meet in this apartment, which was the palazzo’s theatre during the renaissance. The Cieffe was a group of scientists constituted by the Bardi Count and other scholars of musical theory, among who was Vincenzo Galilei, father of Galileo. They created new musical principles, merging music to the 33rd “canto” of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, giving birth to what is known now as lyrical opera. Still hanging from the ceiling of the theatre is the scenic machinery used at that time.

Cieffe is a 320 sqm (3.400 sq. ft.) apartment on two levels. The décor is a combination of the finest contemporary Italian design and Florentine ‘500 architectural details. The interiors are superbly decorated with original plaster works, stones and 18th century frescoes. Bauhaus period furniture are from the best designers: Van der Rohe, Eames, le Corbusier, matching a precious 17th century sofa and two medieval terracotta statues. Castiglioni, Flos and Fontanarte lightings give to the place a very special atmosphere in the evening.

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