Kurt Wenner’s philosophy is a home should be designed for its owners and tell a story about them. His work draws from a rich heritage of historical, stylistic, and perceptual allusions to create a unique look. He applies rigor, artistic expression, and harmony across his projects. From the floorplan to the façade, he pays attention to the finishing details such as columns, capitals, moldings, and facings.
Each project starts with a drawing of the floor plan and elevation. Once the initial stage is approved, Wenner creates designs for the decorative elements and if desired the interior art. He then provides measured drawings for the project architect.
The Villa Tramontana’s original design is inspired by 16th century Roman Renaissance architecture. The symmetrical floorplan creates a functional, yet beautiful layout enhanced with coffers and vaults.
Wenner has worked with a number of technologies and materials such as cast stone and resin and designed a variety of faux surfaces including mosaic, quarried stonework, and fossilized stone. The details he creates are precise yet appear aged, weathered, and hand-crafted. Wenner is a master at integrating eclectic elements into a cohesive and original vision.
Villa Tramontana’s living space is approximately 10,000 square feet. The main level consists of a grand foyer, living room, dining room, and library. A central corridor leads to the kitchen and family room in one wing and the master bedroom, bath and dressing room in the other. The lower level is composed of guest bedrooms, service and utility rooms, garages, and a covered entrance.
For architecture to move beyond being artistic to being a work of art all of the elements must be proportionally consistent within the design. Wenner’s work puts equal importance on the artistry of the details as it does the architecture.
The Villa Alba is a 15,000 square foot residence with an eclectic, but harmonious design. The main floor is a classic Roman style Renaissance villa, resting on a rusticated floor that looks like an ancient ruin. The principal part of the residence consists of an entrance hall with living and dining rooms in an open floor plan. On the same floor, one wing contains the kitchen and family room, while the other is composed of the master bedroom and bath. The lower level houses an indoor pool and spa, three guest bedrooms, home theater, wine cellar, service rooms, and parking. The design accommodates inclement weather with underground parking and direct entry to the villa.
The Dancer’s House accommodates a hillside building site with a 180° view. An aerial photo of the residence and landscaping reveals a butterfly, as the native vegetation is famous for attracting many of them. The unusual design accommodates the client’s passion for dance with space for performances in the great central hall. No matter how complicated, each project follows the desired scope and scale of the client.
Villa Te’s design accounts for the severe building height and bulk restrictions of the area. It was designed to remain inconspicuous to the surrounding residents, yet take advantage of the panoramic views of the city and coastline. The swimming pool and lakes create a significant water resource for this fire-prone hillside. A pool house and guest quarters complete the property.
The residence is composed of a series of comfortable, well-connected spaces with the overall appearance of a small, idyllic Italian village. The split-level structure is composed of a two-story-tall living room, surrounded by vaulted rooms and intertwined gardens. Inspired by Italian Byzantine geometry and Early Renaissance details, the villa is truly a unique work of art.
Wenner believes an overall balance of beauty and harmony is essential for a residence to be a living work of art.
Wenner’s interior designs are scaled and proportioned to the final construction. His interior work continues telling a story about the owner or location of the home. The frieze below, themed on Diana, goddess of the hunt, is from a residence set in a wooded environment.
The frieze is part of a multi-layered ceiling composition that combines painted surfaces and colored plasterwork. The overall design also incorporates lighting in the form of rosettes.