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The monastic minimalism of a farmhouse in Italy


The spectacular Italian countryside, in the surroundings of the town of Caprarola: this is the wonderful setting for the project signed by the architects of Deltastudio who have designed the conversion of a traditional farmhouse into a contemporary home for a family. 

The existing house was renovated and expanded: a series of compact spaces are tailored to the needs of its users and are designed to provide a neutral backdrop to enhance the views of the landscape promoting a close contact with nature. 

The building is separated internally into three distinct areas and the first of these is a new section added to the south side of the house that accommodates the main living areas, lined by large windows and sliding glazed doors which open the room up to the outdoors 

The living room is enclosed on one side by the original outer wall, which is now punctured by black-framed openings that ensure natural light flooding in; on the other side of this space a service core contains a pantry, washroom and a closet for the master bedroom, which is situated in the third band to the north of the house, along with another bedroom. 

The building’s entrance area is situated in a double-height space next to the kitchen located in the central area: it contains built-in wooden benches and a staircase featuring cantilevered treads and a minimal net balustrade; the staircase ascends to an upper floor containing a study, a large bedroom and a bathroom. 

Finally, throughout the house, a focus on the junctions of materials (cement, wood) and contrasts of tone are used to define the different functional zones and the create a striking visual contrast between juxtaposing surfaces: in particular, the use of a palette of monochrome materials creates light-filled rooms and a sort of monastic minimalism dominate the interiors, where materials and colours interact with the external landscape.