massimo iosa ghini completes eco-sustainable villa in salento
massimo iosa ghini completes eco-sustainable villa in salento massimo iosa ghini completes eco-sustainable villa in salento
jul 21, 2015

massimo iosa ghini completes eco-sustainable villa in salento

massimo iosa ghini completes eco-sustainable villa in salento
all images courtesy of cosmo laera




salento, italy is a countryside escape in the midst of nature, age-old olive trees and maritime pines. a secret and fascinating landscape only a few kilometers from the sea, it’s also home to a new dwelling designed by italian architect massimo iosa ghini. the villa integrates itself within the land, adopting techniques and materials held dear by local artisans and builders. arranged on a single level on a plot of around a hectare, the masseria influenced construction combines both interior and exterior living elements.

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the structure helps support the tree, and will eventually provide shade to the deck




a large outdoor patio is the defining feature of the residence, made further noticeable by a large acid-treated wooden structure. simply a frame now, it will eventually act as a support structure to an existing tree on-site. also on the deck area, are tailor-made chairs, crafted tables, and a perfect place to hang a hammock. large glass windows function as a natural transition from indoors and outdoors. on the opposite side, an open kitchen, dining, living space six meters long provides a place for the family to relax and hangout. four bedrooms, each with a bath, are spread out surrounding the central expanse.

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wooden structure with branches leaning against top




the home utilizes as many local materials as possible. chianca stone is used for outdoor paving, porcelain stoneware for interior surfaces, acquarica tuff for façade cladding, lecce stone for interior fireplace, and dry-stone for the renovation of an on site pajara —  which is now the guesthouse. passive and active control techniques were considered: sunscreens, low-emission glass, a green pergola, and solar panels all make the home more sustainable. the roof is accessible via an external staircase, and leads to panoramic views of the countryside, sea and, at night, the endless starry sky.

outdoor lounge

open living room and kitchen space

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guesthouse bedroom

tucked away entrance

small guest house located next to the main residence

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patio with central tree



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