Open House Obsession: Mario Romano’s Extraordinary Wave House in Venice, $6.5MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 1234 Morningside Way, Venice
When: Sunday, August from 2:00PM-5:00PM
What: Since the days of Frank Gehry and the early Post-Modernists, this seaside enclave of artists and free spirits has been a hotbed of design innovation. Fitting solidly into this tradition, artist/designer/home builder Mario Romano’s latest, extraordinary project in Venice melds craftsmanship, innovative materials and technology to evoke of one of nature’s elemental forces– the wave– in a luxuriously practical family house where design details and rooms flow into one another.
Outside, Romano blurs the definition of roof and wall, cladding the structures with a composition of sculptural white panels that, depending on the time of day or night, come to life in high relief or blend with the sky. The beautifully crafted house has 5 bedrooms, 4 baths in 5,700 square feet on an 11,000 square foot lot, plus a pool and outdoor home theater.
Inside, the ceilings are high and walls of glass disappear, seamlessly connecting to the outdoors, while Romano’s trademark carved walls invite touch.
What We Love: As contemporary and of-the-moment as the Wave House is, it’s firmly in the tradition of design rooted in nature, whether it be the shell forms of Rococo, the trailing vines of Art Nouveau, or the work of architects like Antonio Gaudi and Frank Lloyd Wright.
More: Go to the agents’ outstanding dedicated site for additional images and details, plus a walkthrough video with Mario Romano discussing his inspiration and motivations for this completely unique property.