location Martina Franca, Taranto / system FerroFinestra W40

Material: steel
Designer: Antonella Mari
Photo: Alberto Ferrero

In the Apulian landscape of Murgia dei Trulli, in a lot close to a wooded area, there is a rural complex, that originally consisted of three distinct buildings built in different time periods. The recovery intervention consisted in the restoration of the Trulli through the elimination of the superficies, the reorganization of the cones and the reconstruction of systems and finishes. In order to highlight the internal geometry and spatiality, we opted for the monochromatic treatment of the interiors, creating a continuity between the lime plaster, typical of these constructions, and the white micro-cement flooring, combining traditional materials and techniques with contemporary aesthetic solutions. The overall effect is very simple and aims to create a rarefied atmosphere, with soft edges. The total white of the Trulli is a counterpoint to the materials and finishes chosen for the interiors of the annexed buildings, represented by gray micro-cement and colored cement tiles. The project was developed around the strengthening of the centrality of the Trulli with respect to the two secondary volumes, to which, at the same time, dignity and expressive force were linked by linking them in a single body that surrounds the Trulli. In this way, defined external areas have been created, connected to each other thanks to the provision of wide openings and openings that frame the natural landscape. A common element both to the Trulli and to the two annexed buildings is represented by the doors and windows, made with thin profiles in Mogs FerroFinestra steel, left natural and protected by a transparent opaque finish. The same profile, declined in a different way, has proved to be optimal both for the small openings of the cones, embedded in the strong thickness of the perimeter walls, and for the windows and the doors of the two annexed volumes. In the first case, the thin profile made it possible to make the most of the available holes in order to encourage the entrance of natural light as much as possible. In the case of the windows, the reduced section was well suited to the realization of the panel design, of industrial taste, which gives character both to the interior rooms and to the external courtyard on which they overlook.