Designed by Lorenzo Grifantini, a founder of London-based DOS Architects, this holiday home in Puglia was built as a family retreat, away from the “hustle and bustle” of life in the city.
Created as “a place of conviviality and play, where the central courtyard is the real heart of the house, the swimming pool and gardens reproduce the presence of natural elements, each contributing to its cohesive architectural synthesis,” says Grifantini.
Located directly in line with the nearby church of San Rocco, in the small southern Italian town of Gagliano del Capo, the home’s central tower recreates the ancient fortified styles of the past with a spare aesthetic of glass, timber, metal and stone.
Collaborating with his wife and interiors designer Allegra Figus, the home weaves a modern tapestry of traditional artisan elements from Salento featuring woodwork, textiles and crafts with contemporary Italian fixtures and designs by Viabizzuno and Campesato.
Surrounded by a low boundary wall, the stone paving of the courtyard extends into the interiors, blurring the lines between the spaces, creating an indoor/outdoor habitat, with the tower punctuated with square openings offering private views of the town and out to the sea.
La Torre Bianca was recently recognized as one of the National In/Architecture Award Winners for 2020. The prize was launched by INARCH, the Italian architectural board, who said of La Torre Bianca, it “expresses an extraordinary ability to insert into a historical context strongly characterized by the small town of Gagliano del Capo… While affirming the contemporaneity of language and typological solutions, the architecture… does not yield to easy camouflage and banal contextualisms but expresses its contemporaneity with quality.”