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In the countryside of Ostuni, a hideaway immersed in the green, smart and connected, for work and relaxation. The house reinterprets in a contemporary way the traditional forms and materials of the Apulian rural architecture in order to blend into the landscape. Home automation technology allows a complete control via app on a smart device and optimizes the consumptions for total energy independence.
The project comes from the idea of a central patio, used since ancient times in the warm climate of the southern Mediterranean area as a passive protection from the sun. The house develops with a C-shape around the patio facing north, so as to protect the large windows from the strong Apulian sun and enjoy the best view. On the east side, there are the living area and a first atelier; in the middle the dining area with kitchen; while on the west side, there is the master bedroom with a second atelier.
At the west end, there is a separate guest room with its own entrance and independent bathroom. On the north side of the house, in front of the patio, the swimming pool, equipped with a gazebo, a bathroom and a sauna, overlooks the countryside.
The chosen finishing materials are the traditional materials of the Apulia region made contemporary by architectural details: dry stone and lime plaster for the masonry, minimal windows, and doors in oak wood, Apricena stone in slabs for the flooring. Inside, a smoothed concrete floor was chosen for the living area, while wood was selected for the sleeping area.