Project NameΒorgo Gallana
Posted inHotels, Architecture, Residential, Design, Interior Design
Architecture PracticeStudio Andrew Trotter
|Project Name||Βorgo Gallana||Posted in||Hotels, Architecture, Residential, Design, Interior Design||Location||
|Architecture Practice||Studio Andrew Trotter|
Nestled amongst centuries-old olive groves in the Pugliese countryside near the medieval town of Oria, Borgo Gallana is a rural retreat conceived as an authentic reflection of the region’s traditional way of life, albeit filtered through a lens of crisp elegance and modern comfort. Owner Giuseppe De Vanna grew up in Puglia, so, at its core, the project reimagines the “happy place” of his childhood. Working with two existing farm structures, Barcelona-based architect, designer and art director Andrew Trotter has created an ascetic yet soulful sanctuary that channels Puglia’s vernacular heritage, traditions, and close communion with nature. Conceived as a small hamlet – borgo means village in Italian – the whitewashed development comprises three independent houses, each one with its own terrace and outdoor bath/shower, with a communal pool set amid unassuming Mediterranean gardens.
Using traditional building methods and local materials, most notably tufo, a soft sandstone rock used in local construction since ancient times to keep buildings naturally cool during the summer, Trotter has renovated and extended the existing two structures in keeping with the vernacular aesthetic of clean lines, simple geometric volumes and whitewashed surfaces. Arched windows and doors further enhance the sense of geometric elegance while slim black-painted window frames and light sconces, the latter by Trotter’s studio, discretely accentuate the all-white volumes.
A pebbled courtyard separating the two buildings makes for an austere prelude to the modest interiors. Whitewashed walls and vaulted ceilings, concrete floors, and sparse furnishings imbue the rooms with an authentic vernacular ambience, as do a series of vintage tables, chairs, ceramics and lamps, and a soulful tableware by Puglia-based ceramics manufacturer Nicola Fasano. Bespoke stone sinks and countertops for bathrooms and kitchens were custom designed by Trotter’s studio and locally crafted, while a selection of contemporary pieces by brands like Frama, Tine K Home and Gervasoni that embrace simplistic beauty and natural materials inject a subtle sense of modernity without standing out.
All three houses feature airy, light filled interiors as well as private terraces where guests can lounge, dine and even cool down, courtesy of outdoor bath/showers. Alternatively, the communal pool awaits for an immersive dip among the ancient olive trees, the budding lemon trees and other indigenous plants and herbs that landscapers Lamia Santolina have thoughtfully assembled.