When my clients asked me to work on a building constructed a century ago and completely neglected for over 40 years, I immediately thought I had to respect that piece of history of my country. The day of the inspection I think I felt a huge and positive envy of my clients who felt in love with this place before me.

It is an anthropic sign, balanced in the exciting landscape of the south part of the hill of Mottola, in the so-called Bassa Murgia near Taranto. The intervention is based on the will to confirm this balance between man and nature, renovating the initial conditions and emphasizing the new insertion using the typical elements of the rural architecture of the southern Italy.

Two volumes cleverly placed within the property where the view opens to the sea, to the Gulf of Taranto. The presence of a small ravine creates a depression on which the noble volume of the rural house stands. To complete the design of the man-made rural landscape, in addition to the dry stone walls and the terraces, there is a threshing floor made of hand-hewn stone blocks that create a stone carpet in the best place to look at the hill descending to the sea. The restoration has preserved in full volume and prospects of the two buildings, working only on indoor, trying to make the space more comfortable and usable for the needs of its new use, always respecting the planimetric logic of the original structure. On the outside the work has been done to emphasize a thin balance among volumes. The insertion of whitewashed tuff walls, highlighting the contours, is the alter ego of the pre-existing dry stone walls drawing the open spaces around the buildings, accompanying the view to and from the landscape in a game of escape and fusion between the light grey cement and the dark red ground, typical of the plateau of our Murgia.

Carmine Chiarelli (architect)

La casa di Gioia può essere considerate un posto davvero unico anche grazie agli oggetti create manualmente da questi giovani artisti e designer pugliesi di Primato Pugliese:

Giuliano Ricciardi (Taranto), author of the swing lamps in each room. They are all handmade, in ceramic and glazed on the inside with a different colour for each of them.

Cinzia Fasano (Grottaglie), ceramicist e author of most of the table lamps and the night-lamps, in addition to the typical so-called “pumi grottagliesi” of the structure.

Paolo Lorusso (Altamura), ceramicist and author of the exclusive arc table lamps made with manual modelling and with led sources.

Pina Alfieri (Martina Franca), artist and ceramicist, author of the majolica plates outside each room with its own name, in addition to the external sign on the column of the gate, embossed and hand-modelled on the original design by Luigi Notarnicola (Mottola).

Jolie Maison (Mola di Bari), family of artisans authors of the textiles of the structure, from the sheets to the bedspreads, tablecloths and napkins. All made of natural fibers.

Luca Lacetera (Martina Franca), author of the hand-sculptured wall lamps obtained by stones of the Itria Valley, with led sources.

Giorgio di Palma (Grottaglie), artist and author of the ceramic balloons on the walls in the reception and in other spaces of the structure.