Designed by Andrew Trotter, the founder of Openhouse Magazine between Barcelona and Puglia, ‘Masseria Moroseta‘ is a summer shelter we dreamed about – surrounded by gorgeous landscape, it offers both traditional atmosphere and modern design solutions.
“The building represents both rural simplicity and modern minimalism, fitting perfectly into the surrounding landscape.”
Located amid olive trees in the heart of Italian region of Puglia, this stylish white stone farmhouse stands proudly on the ridge, overlooking Adriatic Sea and the nearby town of Ostuni. The house, designed over a three-year process, was built with the use of local materials and traditional techniques. Trotter has studied the masserie (meaning ‘farm’ in Italian) to compare it historical meaning with modern aesthetics. In result, the building represents both rural simplicity and modern minimalism, fitting perfectly into the surrounding landscape.
“As in a traditional farmhouse, everything is set around the central courtyard.”
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.
More than that, ‘Masseria Moroseta’ also offers several ecological solutions. The thick walls with recycled insulation reduce the need for the use of air-conditioning during hot days and the heating in the winter time. The electricity and heat for the whole building are provided through solar panels, while all the food and drink served in the retreat are either self-produced by the owners or sourced from local farmers, producers and artisans.
"All the food and drink served in the retreat are either self-produced by the owners or sourced from local farmers, producers and artisans."
Masseria Moroseta is Trotter’s first piece of architecture so far, and since its opening, the designer has begun two more architectural projects, along with designs for lighting and furniture.
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