Carrubba di Giarre (CT)
This residential structure is sited within a large lemon grove in Sicily between the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna, with a magnificent view of the volcano.
The building is mainly single storey and lies within the garden which has been created from the existing lemon grove.
The whole structure is formed of several different sections, some with pitched roofs others flat-roofed, and all based around a courtyard with an open entrance which partially paved, while the back of the house opens onto a large lawn.
The various residential sections are faced in white plaster which contrasts with the garage section which is instead finished in stone. The only exception to this contrast of materials is a red building which stands as an independent volume and has two floors, looking almost like an angular tower, inside, on the ground floor is the husband’s study while the wife’s is on the first floor.
Each structure, perfectly defined in its volume, suggests the different uses of the living space: the L shaped building is a large living room with a wooden ceiling and large windows looking out onto the garden, and the sleeping area, with three ensuite bedrooms. The building in lava stone is a garage and also serves as a transition to the kitchen and laundry area, providing a connection between the living area and the service zone.
Within the house, the various pathways lead to French window which open onto the garden and onto the surrounding panorama which are both a part of the project.
Natural materials have been preferred, the floors are in oak parquet except for the entrance where hard wearing Trani stone has been used, this is again chosen for the floor and walls of the bathrooms.
The windows frames which are unusually thick are insulated and then finished with double glazing to lower emissions.
All the walls around the house are in lava stone and contrast with the white cladding of the walls of the house.
Finally, it may be noted that much of the furniture has been created from designs of the architect.