By Rosaria Zucconi — photos by Kasia Gatkowska
Beyond history — p. 156
A contemporary design in an ancient villa. Open spaces, in sequence like frames of a film about Naples and its great beauty 1897. Oscar Wilde, a guest at Villa del Giudice in Posillipo, looks out over the bay and breathes in all the energy of a special place. It is here that he completes the verses of the Ballad of Reading Gaol and takes Italian lessons. 2016. The view is always magical, but everything has changed. Angela Aloschi, a young Neapolitan lawyer, was born in this villa and now lives on the ground floor. “I’m very attached to this house. From the beginning of the renovations, I felt the need to free the space from any heaviness”. Architect Giuliano dell’Uva explains: “With the Zeta Studio team, I tried to rediscover the true nature of the house, upset in the 1970s. The old vaults hidden by false ceilings and nineteenth century Neapolitan majolica buried under concrete floors made a reappearance. Once it had finally been freed up, the space took on a contemporary edge”. In the open space, the new perspectives are marked by lacquered iron boxes, the doors are invisible thin screens that move to darken the rooms. Today in Naples, interior architecture speaks a contemporary language.