The practice of the Sicilian architect Giuseppe Gurrieri has restored two rural constructions immersed in the Itria Valley, in Italy’s Puglia region, to turn them into part of a house. These historical structures with dry-stone walls have cone-shaped roofs. The two cones, exceeding the limits set by the project, clash with its compositional principles, looking out over the horizon traced by the newly built part of the premises.
Two parallel walls of local stone delimit the site in a constant dialogue with what stands within. One of them, bordering the access path, marks the height of the new volumes, which present a play of contrasts while establishing a continuity in materials, colors, and geometries. A cut on the roof which forms a skylight emphasizes the link between old and new. The retaining walls frame a vegetal canvas pierced by the paths that connect the different parts of the house, including the swimming pool area.