Inside The Versace Mansion in Milan

Resting along the Street Gardens in one of Milan's most exclusive areas, an understated modernist post-war facade belies the sense of glamor and refinement lying just beyond its iron gates. Conceived by architects Carlo De Carli and Antonio Carmiati as as an octagon screwed onto a rectangle, the unique geometric shaped building is a landmark in its own right, as a quintessential expression of the early 1950s modernist movement in Milan and a tribute to the reigning fashion capital of the world. The prized villa's owner? None other than Santo Versace, brother of Gianni Versace and president and co-chief executive officer of the famed Italian fashion house. As co-listing agent Andrea Barbera of Coldwell Banker Bodini Barbera International Real Estate, explains: "The property comes from the desire of Mr. Santo Versace to create a single Mansion for his family located in the heart of Milan, close to the most exclusive streets of Via Montenapoleone and Via Della Spiga." Mr. Versace went to great lengths to refashion the property in the 1970s. Formerly composed of different units and properties, the mansion was merged into one sprawling residence spread over 2,000 square meters (or 24,326 square feet), with eight bedrooms and 10 baths. More than 400 square meters was converted into a garden and panoramic terrace, which captivates with views of the city lighting up at night. A proposed swimming pool has been approved for construction on the terrace, adding to the allure of this spectacular feature. There is also a basement for a garage spanning over 120 square meters, as well as a spa, a gym, an area for staff and a security guard. Great attention to detail went into each and every element of design, according to Barbera. "The building, with its geometric shape, is composed of very dynamic surfaces, keeping a clean style on the façade," Barbera says. "Each element is designed to enhance the space, such as the magnificent Murano glass spheres embedded in the staircase or the mosaics with gold dust that through the shades of ochre and emerald green give shape to the Medusa, a symbol of Versace Maison." Barbera points to other unique embellishments as well, such as the wooden wardrobes handmade in Morocco, which characterizes the hallway room in the sleeping area and creates "mysterious corners." Even the wall finishes have a touch of brightness thanks to pearl powder, which creates an interesting effect of shadows, lights and transparencies. A beautiful fireplace made of onyx, enhanced by a backlighting system, gives a great effect to the wall. Various unique pieces of furniture and art also make every space distinct, and contribute to the home's overall allure. Barbera believes that the potential buyer will be "international" and "interested at the uniqueness of this property." Barbera says most of the interest has come from affluent buyers in the Middle East. The future buyer will want a building with unmistakable style, Barbera adds, and will see it as truly priceless, committed to "keeping and preserving all of its most signature elements." Additionally, the buyer will be attracted to the property's prestigious location in the heart of Milan. Barbera adds that the property would make an ideal headquarters for a company in the fashion industry, given that some spaces can be easily converted into showrooms and representative offices, located in the so called ‘’Quadrilatero della Moda’’ fashion district.        


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