Italian architecture practice Studio Andrew Trotter has completed an earth-toned villa named Casa Maiora that is made from sandstone sourced locally in Puglia, Italy.
Located on an elevated site in Carovigno with views of the nearby sea, the house was influenced by the forms and colours of villas along the coast of Puglia.
It is also designed by Studio Andrew Trotter to mimic the surrounding landscape, with walls made with a local sandstone called Tufo and coated in a pink lime wash.
“We looked to the villas of the coast, with their grand colonnades, and the walls that were painted with an earthy tone using lime wash made by a local artisan,” studio founder Andrew Trotter told Dezeen.
The house, which was designed as a home for the clients as well as a rental property, features outdoor spaces arranged across various levels due to the clients’ wish to be connected to the surrounding nature.
“As the house was on the highest part of the land, we built retaining walls, to create a courtyard for the entry, parking hidden behind the wall, and a terraced garden around a pool,” said Trotter.
Covered outdoor spaces include a veranda made from thick cane, which draws on the open-air markets, or souks, of Marrakesh. A set of stairs is located in front of the veranda, offering space for dining or relaxation with a view of the sea.
An additional covered area features a bench that runs along an exterior wall and a long table for outdoor dining.
Inside Casa Maiora, each room has large windows that frame views of the surrounding area while allowing the sun to heat the home. Locally sourced antiques also feature in all the spaces, along with built-in furniture.
The earthy tone of the home’s exterior continues on the interior walls, which are made from green and yellow limestone with a pink lime wash.
“As we went for a darker colour for this house, rather than the usual white walls in our previous houses in Puglia, we felt like we couldn’t go with the typical stone floors either,” said Trotter.
Entering the house from under the veranda, guests are first met with a spacious kitchen that features built-in shelves and niches for storage.
A large island sits at the centre of the room with a bespoke terrazzo countertop made by a local designer.
Casa Maiora has four bedrooms, two of which have ensuite bathrooms. Inside the bathrooms are sinks designed by Studio Andrew Trotter.
“We wanted to make the bedrooms an escape from the heat, and a place of calm,” said Trotter. “They are as simple as we could make them.”
Other spaces in the house include an outdoor kitchen, two additional bathrooms and a living room that features recesses for storage and a long sofa around two of its edges.
Studio Andrew Trotter is a multidisciplinary studio based in Barcelona, Spain.
It has completed a number of projects in Puglia, including another villa with white-painted walls made from Tufo. Elsewhere, it recently created a moody event space in a former Athens warehouse.
The photography is by Salva López.
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