Architect Fabio Barilari’s “The Picture House,” located in Ripatransone, Italy, so named for its similarity to “the old English cinemas: moving images, landscapes, and changing colors enter from the outside world during the different seasons.”
Consisting of a respectable 1830 sq. ft. of living space, the brick façade lends itself to a very old-world feel while the placement and shape of the very contemporary windows, as well as the modern interior fixtures and décor, remind us that this is a house built with its 21st-century residents in mind.
Inside, the staircase from the living room to the second story is a piece of art all by itself, its unusual configuration complete with a built-in chaise longue. Perhaps the most inviting feature of all, however, is that fantastic space on the second story where the perpendicular windowed corner provides a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside. A stack of good books and some tea, and I feel some Me Time coming on.