Armando Planchart was a businessman dedicated to the automotive industry and a fanatic of hunting. Anala, wife to Armando, was a vanguardist woman with very forward ideas. They acquired a lot of six thousand meters atop of a hill with a 360 view of Caracas where architect Gio Ponti, persuaded by Alana, designed their home; the iconic Villa Planchart. Ponti understood the sensibility and love of Alana for arts, nature and architecture, and promised to create a house that looked like a butterfly flying on the hill. The house floats lightly, while the mosaic-tile-coverd walls, floors with big marble slabs in various colors, and playful ceilings, make the interior space explode in a joyful and exquisite visual feast. The loose walls free the space, creating a visual continuity between the exterior and the interior. The off-centered patio fills the house with natural light, and by night it lights up with the clever illumination design of the house. Ponti designed not only the 10,000-square-foot house, but all the furniture and many of the objects within it. A testament of the friendship and admiration between the Planchart’s and Ponti, and the sense of creative freedom he stated to experience when visiting Caracas.
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