Masseria Montelaconca

A jewel of Salento Avetrana / Italy / 2016

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Historical evidence places the existence of the farm in the first half of the eighteenth century.


The farm has two building blocks with different sizes, interior layouts and appearances. They delimit a vast courtyard, which can be accessed through a large door that connects the different buildings. This rural settlement, with its arches and vaulted ceilings, represents the traditional Apulian farm and it is a jewel of rural culture.


The building on the left has a fireplace-alcove, which covers the full width of a room and which was used for heating and cooking, while the building on the right is characterized by an open space with vaulted ceilings and arches, intended as a warehouse and/or as a shelter for animals. Outside there is a cistern, partially buried underground, to collect rainwater.


The project involves the restoration, redevelopment and reuse of the buildings and intends to enhance their history and to preserve their structural and typical characteristics, using a purely rational and contemporary architectural language. The Masseria has few areas dedicated to the production of olive oil and to a multifunctional farm related activities. The white wall that surrounds and ties the buildings together has a linear shape and a central door leading to the court. The court is variously paved and characterized by a raised pool and relaxation areas. The court opens up on the Mediterranean scrubland and becomes the space of visual and physical connections with the surrounding countryside.

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    Historical evidence places the existence of the farm in the first half of the eighteenth century. The farm has two building blocks with different sizes, interior layouts and appearances. They delimit a vast courtyard, which can be accessed through a large door that connects the different buildings. This rural settlement, with its arches and vaulted ceilings, represents the traditional Apulian farm and it is a jewel of rural culture. The building on the left has a fireplace-alcove, which...

    Project details
    • Year 2016
    • Status Current works
    • Type Country houses/cottages / Tourist Facilities / Recovery/Restoration of Historic Buildings
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