Known as House Salento, this house designed by Massimo Iosa Ghini has been designed and built to be environmentally friendly, using local materials and respecting the building tradition.
The house is situated in Salento, near Hi a few kilometers from the sea, a refuge surrounded by green olive trees and nature. In a unique Mediterranean setting and in harmony with the surrounding seascape,
Massimo Iosa Ghini has chosen to build a house integrating it with the Salento land itself, adopting techniques and materials suggested by local artisans and builders: the project uses local Chianca stone for the external flooring, large porcelain stoneware panels for the interior, Acquarica tuff for the facade cladding, Lecce stone for the fireplace inside and the use of dry stone for the old barrel roof of the ancient pajara.
Arranged on one level and on a plot of more or less than one hectare, the project is conceived on the image of the Salento farmhouse and respects the existing vegetation which, in the outdoor living area near the main hall, is brought to light. through an acid treated wooden structure that functions as a conical support and supports the branches.
A large six-meter long living room facing south merges with the dining-kitchen area and becomes the family meeting place; surrounded by four bedrooms with their own vestibules and bathrooms. Large openings overlooking the outdoor area designed as a natural continuation of the "protected" space, paved and designed as a meeting place with handcrafted sofas and armchairs, underlining the constant relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Detached from the house, an ancient pajara houses a bedroom with an outdoor area for relaxation. The flat roof, with access from an external staircase acts as a solarium and leads to the panoramic observation point, to look at the countryside and the sea. Hammock, custom-made chairs and handcrafted tables alternate with a few pieces of Iosa Ghini design carefully chosen to decorate the interior spaces, creating an intentional decorative essentiality, leaving the light of day and the surrounding nature as the absolute protagonist of the domestic scene.