Housing block in Salento, Italy.
Built on a solid analytical base and on the history of Puglia, this project, through a simple design gesture, challenges the contemporary representation of the spirit of the mediterranean vernacular archirecture and the strong Baroque local tradition.
The functional layout is the result of a complex site condition. The building, like a solid tuff block (the local stone), is programmatically carved by deep shaded terraces, which work as ‘buffer areas’ to separate different functions of the apartments, more or less private.
Tuff stone, mindful of historical and landscape jewels like the ‘Sassi of Matera’ and the ‘Gravine of Puglia’, is combined with the typical ceramic from Grottaglie, precious and sensual material, additional tribute to the local handycrafts.
Bruthal and sublime come together for a new concept of ‘contemporary mediterranean’.