Casa nel bosco di ulivi by Luca Zanaroli Architects

View all 21 Photos

Casa nel bosco di ulivi – meaning “house in the olive grove” – sounds like a divine place, and the truth is not far from this impression created by Luca Zanaroli Architects. Located in Morciano di Leuca, Puglia, Italy, this residence of masonry construction is surrounded by olive trees, and embraces its arboreal friends. The house is supported by walls built up from stones that have been extracted from the site. To preserve the natural look, the stones are deliberately left dirty, and even give the pillars of stone an outfit that mimics the bark of the olive trees. In contrast, white lime plaster walls demarcate the living spaces as well as the exterior dining space and pool. For this rustic, outdoor dining area, a spherical chandelier hangs entangled in a tree, providing a softly lit ambience. The delicacy of these furnishing details tempers the weathered look of the house’s exterior materiality. Inside the house, a rectangular skylight stretches over the earthen kitchen counter while wooden shelves and their wares line the walls. However, it is the bathroom that captures the essence of the space; orthogonal planes form an elegant composition of white and brown, stucco and smooth, tall and long. The use of simple but generous gifts from nature makes this home a space of good, down-to-earth living.

Images courtesy of Luca Zanaroli Architects

Save

    string(8) "Kimberly"

Kimberly

Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

Tags: , , , , ,

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

More for you

  • House for Two Artists

    An art and design studio space created as an extension to an existing house in…

  • Villa Grieg

    A harmonious architectural composition that combines a family house and music studio. Built on a…

  • Ulvik Cabin

    A Norwegian cabin inspired by traditional barns and rural architecture. Located in Ulvik, western Norway,…

  • Chalet in Oka

    A lake cottage inspired by boats and sailing. Completed by Montreal-based architect Paul Bernier, Chalet…

  • High Desert Retreat

    A sophisticated and minimalist home that celebrates a desert landscape. Located on a rocky plateau…

  • RR Residence

    A renovation and extension of an Edwardian house in London. Named RR Residence, this brick…

  • Osteria Betulla

    A minimalist restaurant inspired by churches and Italian dining halls. Opened in Saint Petersburg, Russia,…

  • Mormaiquel House

    A modern-rustic house designed with Mediterranean-style stone walls. Located in the small town of Biniagual,…

  • Pine Nut Cabane

    A minimalist cabin built in a pine forest on a rural property in the south…

Around the world

  • Hotel Grand Stark

    A building from 1908 transformed into a stylish boutique hotel. Located in the Central Eastside…

  • The Circulo Mexicano Hotel

    A 19th century residential building transformed into a hotel with Shaker-inspired furniture. Located in the…

  • Plácido y Grata Hotel

    A boutique hotel located in a restored manor house from the 19th century. After years…

loader