Site: An abandoned homestead in a rural part of Southern Italy
Brief: Reimagine a derelict 16th century farmhouse for use as a private home and retreat in the modern day. Keep the sense of history. Maintain a ‘light touch’ approach throughout, with everything from the preservation of the centuries of white paint, the ancient method of rain water collection from the roofs to the ancient vines that drape the outside of the Masseria. Everything was preserved.
Our response: Use a paired back pallet of raw materials and local artisans employing ancient techniques to establish a sense of history. As the walls are so unique, almost all amenities were kept to the middle of the rooms to ensure that the focus falls on the structure, as though we are modern day visitors passing through, leaving the space feeling unaltered as it were hundreds of years ago.