This villa, built on a sloping site down to the lakeside, appears on the front facade to be quite modest but as can be seen on the section drawings, we excavated deep down to form a number of subterranean rooms including a spa, a gym, and a swimming pool. To house my client’s extensive collection of clothes, bags and shoes, I also designed a room not unlike a Louis Vuitton boutique.
The total area of the building was 21,000 sq ft. For the principal entrance hall, stairs and landing, I developed and extended my earlier design of the Rotunda Bookroom, as can be seen in the drawings below. The garage was to take 12 cars and had an entrance on the basement level nearly as impressive as the main ground floor entrance. One of the challenges of a building like this was to incorporate a discreet lift to serve all floors without dominating the planning of the rest of the house. There were 3 kitchens – a service kitchen for entertaining, a functional kitchen for staff to run, and a family kitchen. The swimming pool had a rise and fall platform so that it could be turned into a ballroom for parties. The double-height conservatory was to be used for family meals and had access via a stone spiral staircase to a wine vault.