The Italian region of Puglia is witnessing an unprecedented revival of its centuries-old farmhouses, with more and more traditional buildings being spruced up and repurposed into unique retreats. The latest to emerge from an exciting restoration is Borgo Gallana—a complex of three minimal white stone houses, designed by Barcelona-based architectural and interior practice Studio Andrew Trotter.
In Oria, in an enchanting setting amongst olive trees, Studio Andrew Trotter has completely refurbished two existing farmhouse structures, linking them with a courtyard and adding two staircases on both sides. The former complex has been thoroughly extended to encompass a total of three self-contained houses—each featuring a bedroom, a living and dining area, a private courtyard with outdoor bath or shower, and a private terrace. Supporting traditional building methods and regional materiality, the practice used tuff, a local sandstone made of volcanic ash and used for construction since ancient times, for all structures.Designed according to environmental sustainability and innovation criteria, the dwellings provide the perfect balance between past and present, retaining structural and architectural details alongside newly built vaulted ceilings and polished cement floors.
Outside, a 40-square-meter pool offers magnificent open views over the stretch of land, inviting guests to relax and experience nature’s wild harmony. Inside, the austerity of the centuries-old buildings has been given an intimate and warm touch by way of vintage furnishings and design objects, from chairs and tables to lamps and locally crafted ceramics. Standing out in the interior design are bespoke and locally crafted bathroom sinks and kitchen tops designed by the Studio.
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