Captivating Country House Project by Brain Factory

Gallery featuring images of the Captivating Country House Project by Brain Factory, a contemporary-rustic hybrid home in southern Italy.
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Country House project by Brain Factory.

Welcome to our gallery featuring the captivating Country House project by Brain Factory.

This unique country-style villa was designed in direct communion with the surrounding landscape.

The property is surrounded by green hills covered in olive trees, on a plateau near the town of San Lorenzo del Vallo in southern Italy. The distinctive landscape characterizes the environment, making a strong personality for the home to inhabit.

The home design was crafted to directly interpret this unique geography into an architectural language, resulting in the rustic contemporary  style of the villa you now see.

The home construction itself is still in progress, so you’ll notice a lot of graphical embellishment among the following images. This enhancement is designed solely to grant a more accurate look at what the finished product will be.

Architect Paola Oliva and designer Marco Marotto have created a truly elegant mixture of contemporary design and rustic style, aspects that are equally emphasized in every facet of the home design.

The intricate veining on the flooring reflects the colors of the deeply manicured land, pocked with olive groves and vineyards as it is. The scenic trees around the home characterize this sense of continuity between the landscape and the interior design.

The home features a vibrant, open floor plan that aids in the warm, welcoming atmosphere. Above, exposed natural wood beams emphasize the rustic elements of the design, mirroring the tone of the hardwood flooring.

When entering the home, a transparent wall section suspends a collection of wine bottles, nodding to the prevailing trade of the local area and providing unique access for homeowners and guests alike.

Flush with wood and stone, the living room evokes a sense of timeless grandeur. The modern touches throughout add convenience, utility, and a progressive sense of design.

The villa hits a perfect intersection between historical tradition, rich landscape, and modern features that feels at once timeless and nostalgic.

Photography: Marco Marotto

Approaching the villa along a flower-lined stone path, we can see the surrounding landscape is dotted with a carefully laid arrangement of trees and manicured lawn. The home itself stands in the distance in light stone hues.

Approaching the villa along a flower-lined stone path, we can see the surrounding landscape is dotted with a carefully laid arrangement of trees and manicured lawn. The home itself stands in the distance in light stone hues.

Drawing closer, several details come to the fore. We can see intricate outdoor lighting elements dotting the gardens, as well as a shaded natural wood structure for parking. The front entry of the home is shaded with a large roof overhang.

Drawing closer, several details come to the fore. We can see intricate outdoor lighting elements dotting the gardens, as well as a shaded natural wood structure for parking. The front entry of the home is shaded with a large roof overhang.

The light stone structure of the home and bright tiled roof reflect the sunny environment, evoking the history of the area in texture and tone. The shape of the structure, however, is all modern.

The light stone structure of the home and bright tiled roof reflect the sunny environment, evoking the history of the area in texture and tone. The shape of the structure, however, is all modern.

As we can see with the digital additions to this photo, the surrounding landscape will be filled with intricate, carefully considered detail. Woven hanging chairs are suspended above the lawn, cloaked in the shade of large trees.

As we can see with the digital additions to this photo, the surrounding landscape will be filled with intricate, carefully considered detail. Woven hanging chairs are suspended above the lawn, cloaked in the shade of large trees.

Moving around to the rear of the home, we see a more open, personal design. Large windows and sliding glass doors provide ample access to the outdoors, including the curved pool surrounded by lounge furniture.

Moving around to the rear of the home, we see a more open, personal design. Large windows and sliding glass doors provide ample access to the outdoors, including the curved pool surrounded by lounge furniture.

Moving inside, we reveal the dulcet tone of the lush flooring and walls, a bright but weathered texture that enhances the timeless look of the interior.

Moving inside, we reveal the dulcet tone of the lush flooring and walls, a bright but weathered texture that enhances the timeless look of the interior.

The open plan design incorporates the living room, dining, and kitchen areas within one set of walls on the main floor. This area is flush with contemporary furniture and unique cloud-like lighting solutions.


The open plan design incorporates the living room, dining, and kitchen areas within one set of walls on the main floor. This area is flush with contemporary furniture and unique cloud-like lighting solutions.

Stone walls stand between the rich hardwood flooring and exposed natural wood ceiling beams above. The transparent wine rack built into the wall makes for convenient access to the dining area.

Stone walls stand between the rich hardwood flooring and exposed natural wood ceiling beams above. The transparent wine rack built into the wall makes for convenient access to the dining area.

Next to the black and white dining table, we see the kitchen sporting a matching high contrast palette. The countertop straddles a set of open shelving, while offering a space for in-kitchen dining.

Next to the black and white dining table, we see the kitchen sporting a matching high contrast palette. The countertop straddles a set of open shelving, while offering a space for in-kitchen dining.

The master bathroom is a large, luxurious space appointed with gold plumbing and a floating dual vanity in natural wood, with a pair of vessel sinks. The claw foot tub stands next to a window and beneath a modern chandelier.

The master bathroom is a large, luxurious space appointed with gold plumbing and a floating dual vanity in natural wood, with a pair of vessel sinks. The claw foot tub stands next to a window and beneath a modern chandelier.

Returning to the entryway, we can see one of the most unique details in the home: a triangle of lush grass with a single tree planted beside the glass-walled staircase. With sunlight pouring in, this enhances the home's connection to the surrounding countryside.


Returning to the entryway, we can see one of the most unique details in the home: a triangle of lush grass with a single tree planted beside the glass-walled staircase. With sunlight pouring in, this enhances the home’s connection to the surrounding countryside.

Returning to the exterior for a night show, we can see how the carefully plotted arrangement of exterior lighting enhances the environment, framing the home in a warm glow.

Returning to the exterior for a night show, we can see how the carefully plotted arrangement of exterior lighting enhances the environment, framing the home in a warm glow.

The subtle lights hidden amidst the garden frame the craggy stone path approaching the home. In the distance, we see the large windows glowing around the stone facade.

The subtle lights hidden amidst the garden frame the craggy stone path approaching the home. In the distance, we see the large windows glowing around the stone facade.

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