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VILLA DA PORTO-BARBARAN
BUILDING DETAILS
Year: 2006
Site: Montorso Vicentino (VI)
Client: Municipality of Montorso Vicentino
Service required: urgent interventions on the landlord's main body and on the loggia

The Villa da Porto is one of the widest complexes of villa veneta, particularly if it is considered together with its western wing, whose existence has been proven during the studies performed. The original settlement dates on XV century, with widening on XVI, XVII and XVIII cent.
The villa is made today of the landlord's body, hosting in the middle a hall with the facing monumental staircase, the pronaos and two staircases. In the eastern wing four rooms for each of both floors. The eastern loggia is made of a porch overlooked by three halls above the wine cellars, occupying the whole first floor. Again at the East side, a long porch involves the remains of the most ancient residence and of a dove-tower. Buildings and outdoor spaces, once gardens, orchards, farmyards are surrounded by a wall, for a whole surface of a hectare and a half, where other broken and unidentifiable minor buildings have place.
The restoration was preceded by an in-deep-study of direct analysis on the building and its appurtenances and by a study of sources, referring to the villa and to the development of its context throughout the centuries. A plan of preservative restoration arose from this study. The plan is aimed to the respectful reuse of morphology, technologies and original materials, seen both with their worth and with their quality as "alive" historical documents of a complex and cultivated civilization.