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It was 1940 and the fear of war persuaded Viscount Marmont of Haut Champ to move from Milan to the countryside just outside the city, in Cervignano d'Adda; he commissioned Gio' Ponti to design this villa, that is a perfect example of the rationalist architecture of those years: sober, uncluttered and appropriate for its use and needs; in fact, the Marmont villa has been published in numerous architectural magazines and the original drawings and projects of the time are still present and available. The iconic property also became in the early 1940s a gathering point for leading contemporary artists: Balla, Carrà, De Pisis, Boccioni, and De Chirico, to name but a few who, among others, contributed to decorate it with artworks and frescoes, some of which are still present.
The villa has an area of 250 square meters and is entirely built of brick and concrete without the aid of iron reinforcements, it's arranged on a single level and in two sections: the master part and the settler's house, which one, together with the boundary wall, form the frame to a reserved inner master garden. The colonial part includes the janitor's dwelling and a courtyard bordered by a building for storage use.
The main residence has a private entrance, a living room with fireplace and double exposure, a bedroom, one bathroom, kitchen and a multipurpose room.
There is also a garage for 3 cars and some constructions for storage use.
The cottage overlooks a branch of the Muzza, a canal of the Adda River, which splits in front of the villa and forms a private island, connected to the rest of the property by a bridge. The total grounds of the indoor and outdoor gardens, have an area of about 20,000 square meters.
The property could use some upgrading works that can make it a perfect example of an out-of-town residence, suitable for short relaxing stays or for a daily fruition away from the city stress.
The location is convenient and strategic: it is 20 km from Milan and Linate airport, close to the outer ring road and highways.