Andrew Trotter designs modern farmhouse with traditional twist in Italy
Masseria Moroseta is a white stone farmhouse situated on the ridge with views across the olive trees to the sea in Italy. Andrew Trotter was asked to design the modern house inspired by masserie (farmhouses) of the past, using traditional techniques and local products and materials.
As in a traditional farmhouse, everything is set around the central courtyard: the salon and veranda with their views to the sea, the staircase to the roof terrace, and the six rooms and suites on either side, half with private gardens, the other half with private terraces looking out across the fields. Vaulted ceilings and stone floors keep the inside cool on even the hottest days. The communal spaces encourage the kinship of community, while providing many intimate nooks for moments of simple solitude, both inside and out, including the living room, the veranda with its outdoor kitchen and bbq, the spa and gym, and the large pool. Leaving out the marks of time, Masseria Moroseta connects us with the past in a peaceful environment, and grounds us in the traditions of the Puglia countryside. The design of Masseria Moroseta has been made with extreme care to look after the environment. The one-meter-thick walls with eco-friendly recycled insulation, mean that very little air-conditioning is needed event in the hottest times of the year, and very little heating in the winter. The living space with it’s cross ventilation windows, needs no airconditioning at all. Solar panels provide enough electricity and heat for the whole building, and we have our own water supply for our organic farm. All materials used in the construction are locally found, as are all the tradesmen. All food and drink are either grown by us or bought from local farmers, producers and artisans,” explains Andrew Trotter
- Location: Ostuni, Italy
- Date completed: 2016
- Design: Andrew Trotter
- Photos: Salva López & Marina Denisova