Ligurian apartment in Golf Club Arenzano


Arenzano Golf club, Italy






Private commission


300 sqm

Photo credits

Helenio Barbetta

The house, built in 1966 by the engineer Teofilo Mosca, is part of the architectural experimentation wanted by the masters Ignazio Gardella and Marco Zanuso who later involved other designers Milanese like Vico Magistretti, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Roberto Menghi, Anna Castelli Ferrieri and Gio Ponti in the construction of villas and hotels immersed in the scrub Mediterranean plateau.

Architect Alberto Nespoli:

“The place fascinated us right away. We studied its history and its anecdotes, from here we set out on a free and outside search from the schemes and then return to dialogue with the past in a subtle game of balances and harmonies”.

After years of neglect and degradation, it is now a villa to be experienced, inside and out, inhabited both in summer and in winter. Room after room, from the cinema room to the area well-being, passing through the guest room, expanses of red, sapphire blue and emerald green alternate, bright colors in the bathrooms and in the kitchen, Vienna straw for beds and radiator covers, with oak arches framing the design.

In fact, there is no shortage of pieces by Ignazio Gardella and Gio Ponti to remind us where we are. The project was taken care of in its entirety from Eligo Studio, from custom-made furniture, doors, handles and cabinets to plants from local nurseries.

Architect Alberto Nespoli:

“The main request of the owners was to create an atmosphere far from the usual clichés of the typical beach house. They wanted to have a comfort and an attention to detail which in some cases recalled a seaside home, but which maintained the connection with a contemporary style respecting the great masters.”

Particular attention has been paid to the colors and materials of the ceilings and floors, a tribute to the nuances of the landscape along the crosa, the typical narrow lane or mule track that cuts through the hills
of Liguria, and the centuries-old ceramic tradition of the neighboring municipalities.

Architect Alberto Nespoli:

“It took six months to completely restore it, including the garden. The floors and walls were particularly damaged, systems and fixtures ruined by humidity, and so was the the furnishings. In order not to totally inhibit the view, we used light linen curtains, creating a close connection between inside and outside.”

Architect Alberto Nespoli:

“We had to interface with the regulations of the Pineta Golf Club of Arenzano starting from the protection constraints dictated by the Superintendence of Fine Arts and Landscape, trying to maintain the structure as faithful as possible to the original plan. It is not the first time that we are confronted with history and its architectural stratifications, from Notre-Dame in Paris to the Grand Canal in Venice.”