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Alberto Apostoli recently designed a new housing complex in Verona, Italy called Residence Santa Caterina, whose aim is to create a community for the residents where they’d like to take a walk through.

Due to the design being composed of vertical elements, the materials were simplified and a minimal use of color was incorporated. Three types of siding were used on the exterior of the units to create a uniform look throughout the complex – stucco, stone, and green-stratified laminate.

Along the stone walkways, the landscaping incorporated plants native to the area and they encourage people to enjoy the grounds.

The color scheme blends in well with the surrounding natural environment which also helps provide a sense of unity throughout.

The overall design is a simple, modern complex without being over-the-top which is exactly what the architect wanted.

How’s that for mood lighting?

Glass staircase!

Photos by Maurizio Marcato.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.