The project builds upon the conversion of a fourteenth-century house in Puglia, southern Italy. The house was part of a “Masseria”, a traditional cottage in the region usually constructed stink, Domestic arena. For 500 years the masseria have been the focus of agricultural production of wheat, almonds, wine, olive oil, milk and cheese. During the second world war, most local residents moved from rural to urban areas leaving many masseria abandoned. That is why in recent years these buildings have since recovered and have been converted into hotels, museums or private homes.
The house is located on top of a hill and is oriented towards the sea. Has a kitchen with a living room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is surrounded by a garden with typical Mediterranean plants. Its dominant feature is interior arches spanning the width of the spaces and reaching a thickness of 80 cm in some parts of the house. The idea was to extend to the front to provide light and direct access from each room and outside.
Typology reflects the Greek and Arab influences in the region, and served as inspiration to create a model applied to 36 aluminum panels on the facades as a sunscreen. The model was developed using parametric techniques to test the density of the structure, which filters the light into the interior. This is changing gradually and passes a thin open configuration to a nearly closed, evoking a new interpretation of the classic Arabic. There is a constant interplay between light and shade during the day, which is reversed during the night with the outside light, creating the effect of a front always on.
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