Project: Contrada Chianchizzo, Ostuni, Apulia, Italy Status: Under construction
Main Architect: Levitt Bernstein Associates Local Architect: Domenico Sasso Contractor: Edil Jet s.r.l.
The project was followed by Nicolò Lewanski as a project architect while working at Levitt Bernstein Associates. The property’s original main feature is the views over the Ostuni valley, which is what caught the client’s attention in the first place.
The existing construction in local stone of about 1000 square feet was extended of a further 200 to obtain in total three generous sized bedrooms, three bathrooms and a well proportioned living area; and while the former was rendered to achieve unity in style, the latter was cladded in new local stone beautifully bonded thanks to the craft of the place.
This same technique was used even more radically in landscape design with dry stone walls spanning across the whole property at every change of levels, hundreds of yards long all together.
In fact, the exterior of the house was given particular attention since it is possible to be enjoyed almost all-year round in the region. An external fully fitted kitchen, a new veranda on steel pillars and a new 400 sq ft swimming pool double the house as a living space outside, which is also quite typical of the area. All of the new pavement outside is in local stone, in different finishes to characterize the various levels of domesticity, whereas marble was used for the outdoor kitchen. An experimental detail was used for the overflow of the infinity pool, using small white stones to cover the intake rather than a metal / plastic grid.
Inside as well the level of the finishes is state of the art: the windows and doors have thin steel frames which only can be produced in three factories across the world, high-temperature painted black to contrast with the bright tones of the stone and render. This finish is used on all the metal work in the house, including railings. Wegner-designed lights as well as BEGA, exposed stone vaults and walls together with plastered ones and a light resin floor complete the interior finishes, where the same vertical slatted timber detailing is used for all doors and cabinets.
Domenico Sasso as a local Architect has obtained planning permission for the extension and has followed the construction site in each and every step, giving daily photographic feedback to the clients in London on the progress.