Have you ever been to the quiet region of Puglia?
Located in the south of Italy, Puglia is famous for its beautiful hilltop villages, traditional trattorias and rich cultural heritage. The antithesis to the busy capital city of Rome, Puglia boasts laidback labyrinths of whitewashed buildings and relaxing resorts just by the coast of the Adriatic Sea. It’s no surprise then that Carlo Lanzini decided to the move all the way from northern Italy and set up a brand new life near the sea.
Having fallen in love with the idea of making olive oil, Carlo set out to build on land surrounded by hectares of olive groves. He wanted a home that fit alongside the traditional farmhouses in the region, and sought the help of designer Andrew Trotter. After three years of studying the traditional Pugliese construction methods and masserie farmhouses, Andrew was able to create a gorgeous white stone eco-friendly farmhouse that looks out to expansive views of the sea.
On the outside, Masseria Moroseta is built with the structure of traditional farmhouses. But the entire building is cleverly designed with sustainable materials and powered by solar panels that generate enough energy for both heat and electricity. With the farmhouse’s open structure, the rooms stay cool even during the summer with little need for air conditioning.
The sandstone steps lead into the entrance of the building, complete with succulents and vibrant pots of flowers that stand out nicely among the white stone building.
The room features a simple work station, made with natural wooden shelving installed on a recessed portion of the wall. Small, compact fireplaces can also be found in different rooms, ready for the cooler seasons.
The space reminds us of that laid back Mediterranean architecture, with high-vaulted ceilings and plenty of light. The walls are made with locally found traditional sandstone tufo and eco-friendly recycled insulation, which makes sure the interior remains cool despite the warm weather.
The open plan layout combines the living room and the dining room seamlessly. The dining area even has a playful mix of materials and textures, with its wooden table and black chairs.
Like a traditional farmhouse, the masseria is built around an open courtyard that gives you access to different rooms. It offers a nice place for family barbecues, with plenty of space to gather around in.
The stone sink is a charming touch and emphasizes the natural look of the farmhouse.
The faded finish of the wooden doors echoes the rhythm of life in the country side. With the steady pace and fresh greenery, Masseria Moroseta is the perfect refuge for tranquility.
Despite being designer Andrew Trotter’s first architectural project, he quickly understood the way traditional masserie farmhouses use the same minimalist design principles. After overcoming several challenges in construction like working with the local authorities, he was able to design a building that truly represents the unique beauty of the Pugliese region.
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Project: Masseria Moroseta
Design: Andrew Trotter
Photos: Salva Lopez