DAMMUSI THAT VANISH INTO NATURE, EVOCATIVE INTERIORS, PRECIOUS DECORATIONS. A SMALL RURAL SETTLEMENT IN PANTELLERIA BECOMES A FASCINATING RESIDENCE, WITHOUT HARMING THE LANDSCAPE OR BETRAYING THE GENIUS LOCI.
Pantelleria. A rock, blossoming with capers, between Sicily and Africa. This small complex built in the 1800s, the Monastero residence, is a place of magical solitude. Architect Gabriella Giuntoli, in charge of the renovation, tells us that «when the present owner discovered the place it had been abandoned for years, a grouping of dammusi, stalls, cisterns, an oven, a windmill, on the slope of a wooded hill. A powerful but gentle natural setting, calling for respect and sensitivity. The exteriors have been left intact, and every detail has been designed to minimize the impact on the context». In the painstaking restoration work there was much to be discovered, traces of a simple but refined rural existence. The architect explains: «Today the “village” is composed of three suites, three bedrooms, all with their own baths, a living area, dining room, kitchen, spa and two annexes. Certain volumes were so important, of such impact, as to suggest particular care to bring out their virtues». New features are everywhere, but they never erase the past. Vaults, domes, arches, restored with local materials and techniques. Giuntoli continues: «The interior seemed as if it had been dug into the stone. We made this a fundamental feature of the interior design, creating openings to allow light to penetrate». The result is a setting of fascinating contrast, between the bright sunlight of the island and the cool darkness of the interiors. After the owner visited Pompeii, the colors of the frescoes found their
way into the decor, with new motifs and patterns created by Picta Lab, under the artistic direction of Barbara De Angeli Frua and Fabrizio Ferri. Every space in the complex has become special. The swimming pool provides a relaxing oasis, on a terrace slightly above the residence, reflecting the always changing splendor of the island landscape.