La Casa Di Gioia by Carmine Chiarelli. Apulia, Italy


La Casa di Gioia is a cozy bed and breakfast located in Mottola in the Taranto province in the southeastern region of Apulia, Italy.
The original buildings were part of a rural residence constructed in 1908. Architect Carmine Chiarelli was commissioned to restore the buildings and transform the property into a cozy B&B with four double rooms. The breakfast room faces the courtyard in front of the centuries-old olive tree.
The restoration retained its Mediterranean character with white walls. La Casa di Gioia offers a relaxing atmosphere with rich history of the region and breathtaking views of the countryside and the Gulf of Taranto.

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Villa N by GHA in Liguria, Italy

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The villa plays with the cultural landscape of the Ligurian terraces becoming part of it.The natural stone facades have large openings facing the valley and the sea.

The villa is composed of two half subterranean volumes arranged on a single floor, following the morphology of the ground and creating a noble central entrance which leads one side to the large open space living with dining area and kitchen and to the other are 5 bedrooms which all benefit from a private outside space and views over the sea. The sun deck situated in front of the living room opens up to the 4x14m infinity swimming pool overlooking the magnificent valley. The corridor and service areas are all naturally illuminated by large openable skylights.The Villa incorporates a pantry, laundry, storage rooms, technical service rooms and external storage in the garage with 2 parking spaces

Significant containment walls create a continuity between the building, the interior and the external surrounding. The garden patio and the sun shading canapies create an mediating filter between inside and outside. The green roof contributes to the harmonic insertion into the landscape and minimizes the visual impact of the building. To increase the natural environment, the house is surrounded with mediterranean essences. The permeability of the terrain is maximized by using a combination of gravel and timber surfaces.

The highly isolated subterranean shelf and the efficient control and use of solar and renewable energy, reduces significantly the energy consumption of the building while obtaining a superior house comfort, bringing the building up to Passivhaus standards.


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Casa Vi by Ev+Lab Atelier. Sondirio, Italy


This house is located in the surroundings of Sondrio on the Orobic Alps, Italy, at about 1000 meters of altitude..
From a formal point of view the house refers to the rural houses: the only sloping roof, completely coated by stone, with no eaves.
The structure is in reinforced concrete and concrete bricks, with suitable thermal insulation, in order to obtain a good living comfort, and coated with local stone.

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