Designer: Arch. Rezza
The Amastuola farm is located on a hill dominating the Ionian arch and is part of the 100 masserias of Crispiano in the province of Taranto. It was built starting from the 1400s, but further interventions can be dated around 1600. In 2003 there was an initial intervention dedicated to the new production facilities: 110 hectares of wine grape vineyards, planted in waves that redesign the landscape. The architectural recovery and the conversion of the farm into a hotel began in 2013.
The project was developed by the architect Vito Rezza, supported by the Montanaro family. The intervention was carried out according to a precise design guideline aimed at preserving the authenticity of the farm with its "signs of time" left over the years by usury and daily work. Within the "historical envelope", therefore, we intervened on the one hand, recovering everything authentic and true the farm presented, leaving intact the "masonry masses", on the other, expressing the new interventions on the building blocks, flooring, furnishings, etc.
Today the farm Amastuola, now almost completely recovered, houses indoor and outdoor reception areas, bar, wine tasting room, bookshop, restaurant, conference room, expo spaces of Magna Graecia and 18 rooms. Swimming pool and spa are under construction. The materials used for the furnishings, coverings, finishes and additions have been dictated by the local tradition: wood, iron, majolica, stone, cement and tuff. The reception block is a volume in cor-ten steel located at the entrance of the large courtyard and well distinguished from the masses of the masseria; externally hidden by the wall of the main facade, it is inserted between the two massive ancient bodies in tuff.
A large window made of iron with a traditional FerroFinestra profile faces the courtyard protected by a sunblind made of cor-ten sheet metal laser cut with a pattern of round holes (grape berries) that leave a glimpse of the outline of large leaves of vineyard. On the outside a gate in cor-ten steel is the entrance to the restaurant and is opposed to the large arched window that faces the large courtyard, and the sequence of side arches of the small court. The choice of FerroFinestra profiles with very reduced sections guarantees the maximum brightness of the interior spaces and creates a continuity between the various spaces.