Island ma­gic

AD (Italy) - - English Texts - pro­ject GA­BRIEL­LA GIUN­TO­LI – words NI­CO­LET­TA DEL BUO­NO pho­tos SAN­TI CALECA

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.

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