Villa Il Rubino, also known as “Albergo Belsito" and owned by an ancient and important family from Capri, looked like an old decadent building, with no Mediterranean identity. Even the garden, although it retained its charm, was in a state of neglect and decay, as well as the large roof terrace that, in spite of the splendid views across Marina Piccola Bay, was used as a water tank storage. The main purpose of the architect Fabrizia Frezza has been to bring back to light its true identity. The villa, that today is a "Luxury Rent", is divided in two floors: the first floor comprehends due living rooms, a dining room, the kitchen and a service apartment. In each area of the villa the vaulted ceilings have been restored. The white is the dominant color, thanks also to the white waxed cotto tiles flooring. The monochrome feeling is interrupted only by a few delicate touches of color, which give brightness to the areas. The second floor comprehends the bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom. In this area the architect Fabrizia Frezza preferred to use, for the flooring, the typical Capri ceramics, which frame the white cotto tiles in a stylish and fun way. Only ceramics for the bathrooms, instead, but with different designs and colors than the rest of the house. Also on this floor all the vaulted ceilings have been restored: in the bedrooms and in the bathrooms the cross vaults have been restored, while in the hallway the barrel vault triumphs. The interior design consists largely of furniture designed by the architect with the inclusion of some elements sought and found around the world, such as the large leather trunk, the majestic chandelier made of black crystal in the entrance and the eighteen century Venetian mirror. To create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the architect has used cotton and linen fabrics and furniture in natural tones, with some hint of color as a tribute to the Brazilian identity of the contractor. The Mediterranean flavor has also been recreated outdoor, by using the typical of Capri large columns, which invade the entire facade of the villa. The architect gave a more contemporary accent to the roof terrace, where the total white is broken only by a long water blade that runs length wise across the surface, ending with a large masonry whirlpool bath. The caprese character was returned to the garden thanks to three elements: the great central furnace, the soft masonry seats placed under a wisteria pergola and a large iron table custom designed by Fabrizia Frezza and lined with ancient pottery. A further touch of originality is gifted by the herbs and colors area: a large number of plants recalls the warmth and beauty of the island. The decision to give the facade the Pompeian red, instead, comes from the desire to recover the villa’s architectural value and importance which got lost in time.
CLIENT: Private STATUS: Complete 2010