This single-storey villa, in the suburbs of Lecce, south-east Italy, has
been transformed from a very ordinary-looking house into something
strikingly modern and considered, blending art and architecture.
The new must be subservient to the established character of the place.
The project wrapped the original building in a wooden screen and added
a new pavillon.
There are just some external stone walls remaining as witness of a preexisting building, which needs now to be completely rethought,
redeveloping the interior spaces, and above all recalibrating the external
ones, making them a real garden, and not only resulting spaces.
The need to create a separate service pavilion, has become an
opportunity to recalibrate the garden, by allocating an exclusive and
protected space to support the pavilion, using the facility spaces to the
existing large pool to redesign the pool in a small landscape work.
The pavillon was enveloped in a new wrapping- a screen of white oak
planks thah completely redefines and unifies the façade, while also
acting as a support for vegetation that is allowed to grow through it
become part of the architecture.
The airy living space is open plan and painted white to maximize the
The living areas will open on pools of aquatic plants, which will
constitute the optical extension, while a small secret garden will become
the extension and, at the same time, the protection of the most private
A close connection with the outside was the primary aim of this project.
The garden is the real tool to completely rethink the interior spaces.
Surrounding the pool there is a semi-trasparent screen of cedar poles
tha filters the light and when it rains, scent the air.
Wooden walkways fork towards different vistas.
Architects : Toti Semerano
Project Team :
Stefano Sabato, Salvatore Musarò, Riccardo Catamo
Lecce, Puglia, Italy
Piergiorgio ( Toti ) Semerano was born in Padua, Italy, in 1941. He lives and works in Italy in the cities of Padua and Lecce. Recent Awards: Pida Award 2020 winner in the Hotel category Stella Maris project, winner "The Plan Award 2020" category Future public space, rocky coast Otranto project, Finalist 2019 EU Mies Van der Rohe Award project Atelier Bagnoli, winner 2019 The Plan Award category Future Office and Business, winner 2018 The Plan Award category Future Housing project Residenza Sansovino, winner 2018 The Plan Award category Future Mixed use project Residence office Center The Plan Award 2017 Honorable mention - category "Culture", The Plan Award 2015 - category "Special Projects ", Pida 2012 - Lifetime Achievement Award, Merit Award - competition" Taiwan Towers Conceptual Design Competition "2010, International Architecture Biennial Barbara Cappochin 2009 Award, Best Detail category.