Villa Alana was built in the early 1940s for a German filmmaker in love with the romantic atmosphere of Lake Como. The villa is a gem of the local architecture, boasting breathtaking views of the lake and the surrounding mountains whilst bathed in the sun from dusk until dawn. Following a recent painstaking renovation, it is now a comfortable home that has stayed true to its heritage. Back then, Lake Como was amongst the European aristocracy's favorite destinations, with beautiful houses being built on its shores, and where sun exposure and views were the key elements to any project. Villa Alana was no exception. Named in honour of the German film maker's Danish dog, it was bought in the 1960's by a banker from Milan, where it sadly fell into disrepair until the recently concluded renovation.
The renovation was carefully planned to preserve the house's authentic charm, while updating and maximizing the interiors to cater for the more current needs. The villa is spread over 3 levels. The two entrances to the house access the intermediate floor dedicated to the living area with a kitchen and a spacious living room with large windows and a veranda, both allowing for panoramic views of the lake. The lower floor is a loft with variable and modular geometry, consisting of two bedrooms, a bathroom, a laundry room, and a veranda opening onto a private garden. The highlight of the project, the top floor is designed as a suite consisting of a large bedroom, a bathroom and a small lounge office. All this floor opens onto a spectacular terrace with a breathtaking 180 ° view over the lake.
The house was built on the hill, overhanging the lake, and like the interior, the exterior area is terraced over 3 levels. A heated outdoor pool with ample views over the lake is set on a delicate garden, shaded by local palm trees and adjacent to a private terrace, where one can freely and discreetly sunbathe. A garden below the villa, shaded by two persimmon trees trimmed with the utmost care like umbrellas, and the intermediate garden are connected by a lush area to one of the two entrances to the villa. The property is accessible through a picturesque footpath winding mountainside, with steps made of the renowned locally sourced silver Moltrasio stone. This setting is an additional promise of privacy and serenity since the road cannot be seen or heard, given that, like many of the prestigious lake houses, the house is only accessible on foot.
The house is built in the beautiful stone "Moltrasina" extracted and cut on site, the exposed area has retained the authentic patina, voluntarily kept in order to enhance the contrast with the contemporary and comfortable interior. On each floor, the spectacular views through the large glass openings, resemble pictures hanging on the walls. To sublimate the view, the project focused on quality and carefully selected materials to create a precious nest with spectacular views.
The high ceilings magnify the volumes. The materials and colours alternate over the three levels. The gloss rosewood wall paneling with sliding openings; the main flooring in original walnut and oak checkered parquet floor is in harmony with an additional new oak flooring; the bathrooms and the kitchen in gray quartzite stone all matched with walnut framed windows, double glazed and insulated to guarantee comfort in winter and summer. Finally, to set the tone, the walls are painted in delicate neutral colours, setting the stage for the beauty of the surrounding nature.