Ca’ De Vignasse


Arenzano Golf club, Italy






Private commission


650 sqm + 3 hectare park

Photo credits

Helenio Barbetta

In this villa overlooking the coast of the western Ligurian Riviera, the revolution begins at the entrance, with four large openings that allow you to see the sea as soon as you enter the house, both from the ground floor and the upper level.

The openings are a tribute by the designers at Eligo Studio to Giuseppe Terragni.

The house was already there when, in 1956, Ignazio Gardella and Marco Zanuso were commissioned to develop a real estate plan to create a series of vacation homes on the plateau southwest of Arenzano. Originally inhabited by a group of nuns who cultivated the surrounding land, the house was sold to private owners in the 1960s and recently passed into the hands of the current owners.

The strange map seen on the living room wall is the work of the previous owner: She had discovered an island under the sea and painted its maritime coordinates on the wall of her house.

The map has been preserved but in a more delicate form, recreated as a bas-relief; now it is almost invisible, but when light enters, the richness of the material is revealed.

The original floors in the living room, typically Ligurian, have been replicated in the kitchen with the colors inverted.


The floors on the upper levels were covered by a green carpet: when it was removed, it revealed beautiful marble and slate planks laid in an incredibly modern fashion.

Restored and enhanced, they became the starting point for the new flooring in the bedrooms, where the parquet with three types of wood follows the same striped pattern.

The three floors of the house (150 square meters each) have been redesigned to meet the owners’ needs: they wanted a vacation home to live in year-round, with many rooms and bathrooms to accommodate the whole family. And most importantly, they wanted more views of the sea.

Eligo Studio undertook the renovation of this property, which includes a three-hectare park that, in addition to the main villa, hosts a guesthouse, a painting studio, a pool, and another building being constructed from scratch, a sort of glass house that will be ready by next summer.


Living Corriere April 2024