Studio Andrew Trotter have made the leap from Puglia’s countryside to its coastline, where they’ve pieced together an idyllic sandstone villa.
The esteemed Barcelona-based studio deliver another breathtaking project in Italy’s Puglia region, only this time, by the sea. The villas of Puglia’s coastline are characterised by grand colonnades, earthy lime-wash paint and open, airy spaces – a tradition that Studio Andrew Trotter have strived to uphold with Casa Maiora.
The villa lies at the southernmost border of the site to take advantage of the elevated level and to achieve optimal sea views. Andrew describes it as “an architectural statement, with simplicity at its core”. Tufo, a type of local sandstone, forms the main material component of the building, which Studio Andrew Trotter have painted with a natural, pink-tinted lime-wash paint.
Extending one side of the building is a large veranda with a thick cane ceiling, offering protection from the midsummer sun. The outdoor spaces are built for relaxing and enjoying a sense of connection to the landscape. Almost everything that one does inside the villa – eating, lounging, bathing – they can also do outside.
Inside, you can sense the villa’s elevation on the site; “like it’s sitting proudly on the hill,” Andrew says. Large, open spaces surrounded by gridded windows invite the outdoors in. The exterior’s warm, earthy tones continue into these spaces, expressed through sandstone floors, lime-wash paint, and locally sourced antique furniture, ceramics and lamps.
The kitchen comprises a large island with a bespoke, locally crafted terrazzo top and niches to store handmade ceramics. These same niches appear in the living space, where a built-in sofa creates the perfect place to repose. The bathrooms feature custom sinks designed by the studio, with the wet areas being covered in cocciopesto, a type of ancient Roman concrete.
“Using local materials and traditional methods roots buildings to a place.”
– Andrew Trotter