luca zanaroli: countryside home in salento luca zanaroli: countryside home in salento
sep 08, 2011

luca zanaroli: countryside home in salento

‘countryside home in salento’ by luca zanaroli, morciano di leuca, italy all images © luca zanaroli

‘countryside home in salento’, a single family residence located in the countryside of morciano di leuca, italy was created by bologna-based architect luca zanaroli. the dwelling’s rustic shell is formed from the abandoned remnants of two historic structures once used as a temporary shelter for local farmers. a covered veranda within the enclosed courtyard provides inhabitants with an open air shelter from the hot mediterranean climate. inside the building, minimalist furnishings draw attention to the restored barrel vaults and domes constructed with locally sourced stone dating from the late 1800s.

entrance to living space

the interior’s spatial sequence is carved into the thick masonry walls while penetrations to the exterior for light and ventilation were incorporated as much as possible. a small circular skylight at the pinnacle of the domed dining room directs daylight onto the table below. cement mortar mixed with lime plaster surfaces the walls, floors and ceilings of the internal volumes with patches of exposed stone providing a continuity between the spaces while maintaining the presence of the past.

living space

corridor leading to dining area

corridor to kitchen

dome above dining table

pendant light suspended from circular skylight


(left) sink (right) secondary entrance to courtyard



entrance to kitchen

outdoor courtyard

barrel vaulted passage

terrace at night

illuminated at night

  • Que maravilla!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Antonio says:
  • This is such a beautiful home. Such richness in texture and a great sense of space all around the house.


    Jose P. says:
  • Very beautiful, so cool space and materials, i like the natural stone and the sense of wildness and modern furnitures at the same time! super!

    Dario says:
  • I could live like that. Design taken of it’s footplate and put into a normal it should be! Lovely:)

    Mario says:
  • beautiful, shame about the windows!

    Carlo says:
  • Meaning the window and the door in the kitchen!

    Carlo says:
  • mi sono avvicinato curioso per l’esterno, ma come temevo all’interno solo una passerella di ormai pezzi soliti, vecchi, che sono solo da museo e poca schiettezza tradizionale. La malta la Toyo, Boalum, Citterio, Parentesi, design danese, Martinelli… ma che cosa c’entrano col Profondo sole italiano?!? Solo un esempio di come non bisogna fare degli interventi così! Solo modaiolo e basta neanche un briciolo di percezione e sensibilità progettuale. Cemento e acciaio ecc..Rimane poco del recupero, d’altronde potrebbe essere tranquillamente un interno di una casa di città.
    Deve essere eccitante rientrare in casa dopo aver passato una giornata tra i profumi di una meravigliosa terra come il Salento, ancora salati dallo Ionio o l’Adriatico e dire:
    – Oh, finalmente questa si che è una casa! rivedere l’acciaio, camminare scalzi sulla malta lucida e e accarezzare il cemento…
    Complimenti! Per lei il successo, purtroppo, è garantito.

    Luca says:
  • I want to live here!!! ^_^

    Milica says:
  • Too dang precious, in a self-conscious, rustic, minimalist way.
    The difference between this “restored” space and an ancient cowshed?
    Money, and an over abundance of “taste”. Oi.

    SulkingSam says:
  • Molto carino!!!Bravissimo!!

    Alberto says:

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