renovation of a house in Art Nouveau style in Corato, in Puglia

Corato, Puglia: interior of the house renovated by the architect. Esther tattoli.
Corato, Puglia: interior of the house renovated by the architect. Esther tattoli. The ancient wall decorations, the elegant paintings of the time and grits end '800 were recovered to blend a contemporary furnishing concept.
renovation of a house in Art Nouveau style in Corato, in Puglia it has been modified: 2016-10-06 di Benedict Flowers

A major renovation and recovery brought to its former glories house in Art Nouveau, on the second floor of a building expression of the historical memory of Corato, Puglia town north of Bari.

The house in fact, located in the historic center of the city, was built at the turn of the 800 and '900, years in which Italy lived his cultural revolution, trying to educate the masses through art and taste the beautiful, and in which there was a tendency to give free rein to the artisan workings, contrasting them to the series production.

In the recovery of this real jewel of Art Puglia Noveau, into which Baroque influences and oriental, the architect Esther tattoli, To which the work of restructuring and upgrading the energy efficiency of the property was commissioned, he has tried to create a balanced mix of old and new.


The architect in fact, has tried, whenever possible, to preserve all the original elements and characterizing the dwelling, enhancing it and making them functional and compatible with the new demands of energy performance.

The house, former home of three noblewomen coratine, missionary and very religious, had a fascinating blend of the sacred and the profane: beside pavilion vaults decorated with paintings depicting acanthus leaves and classical figures, cherubs are in gold leaf and ex- vote. The house had a real chapel, where an altar dominated, dominated by often painted with floral decorations and glimpses of local landscapes.

symbols of prosperity and good omen, denoting a certain social status, alongside evidence of a deep religious worship.

The pre-existing floors, were made of tiles or granules of 20 20 cm × extent, decorated with different patterns in each environment.




Esther tattoli wanted to enhance all these elements extremely connoting, through a timely work of recovery and philological restoration, which integrates the design of new entries marked by a contemporary language, with clean lines and pure geometry, the confluence of traditional techniques and advanced technologies ; the one and the other elements, the new and the old, blend in gold and silver flashes of the decorated walls and new coatings in slaked lime, and are recalled in ocher colors of grits ancient and luminous reflections of the new flooring natural stone.




"The project intervention has had as its goal to reconcile the functional requirements of a modern house with the genius loci of a place where the signs of its history is a strong presence felt in the religiosity of the chapel, in the reminiscences of Liberty arabesque decorations in gracefulness of the wall paintings, the decorative richness of polychrome floors of grits: a place of contaminations and contradictions, local traditions and reminiscences overseas, sacred and profane, "explains Esther tattoli.

The restoration is the result of a thorough process of research tattoli architect, oriented towards the use of materials related to local building traditions, such as slaked lime and natural stone, eco-friendly, breathable and compatible with the materials in the home, in order to replenish a profound unity of the architectural organism. Objective of the project was therefore to continue to be the memory of a close relationship with the Apulian territory and its history, albeit reinterpreted in a contemporary and minimal key.


As Esther says tattoli, "a house should be representation of those who live personality, his aspirations, his way of life, the intimacy and warmth. An important phase of the project is that initial introspection of your customer survey, understand how one wants to feel in his space and how wants to show. The gold color is repeated among the ancient decorations of the house, darting among the paintings of the time and dominates the altar space, it merges with the intense yellow of grits and marks rigorous geometry of Art Nouveau decor, returns in contemporary lamps bedroom bed, and in the pigments of slaked lime that covers all surfaces of the guest bathroom and, even more brilliant, illuminates some of the staff bathroom walls of hosts; the gold color expresses the sophisticated style of the hosts, the elegance of the receptions, the attention to detail ".

Natural light plays a major role in this project, merging with the artificial one. The central compartments in fact, the ancient skylights have been preserved, which integrate seamlessly with LED lighting by a suspended circular binary system.

The niches in the home have been recovered and turned into bookcases, sober, clean lines, where each space has been rationalized.

The niches in the home have been recovered and turned into bookcases, sober, clean lines, where each space has been rationalized.


The niches in the home have been recovered and turned into bookcases, simple, linear, where each space has been streamlined and reused. The modern style of interior design, made of essential spare, minimalist and elegant, gently contrasts the opulence of decorative historical elements, enhancing it. Some insertions of family furnishings also add warmth to the environments and trace the threads of a new history.

The intervention carried out by Esther tattoli, saw not only the restructuring of the apartment, but also the energy efficiency thereof. The entire project has followed the rules of an approach to environmental and social sustainability: the use of natural materials and products by local artisans, to the recovery of the old fixtures, enhanced with double glazing, the barrier to sunlight, weather and water.

It 'was created a floor heating system, consisting of heating steel slabs, particularly efficient in areas with sometimes very high and thick stone walls and tuff.

In addition, they were applied of the solar collectors on the roof, able to produce hot water, and placed flow reducers into the service areas.









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