The Italian Home That’s Beyond Perfect for Outdoor Living and Hosting

The Italian Home That’s Beyond Perfect for Outdoor Living and Hosting

When architect Massimiliano Locatelli first encountered the pair of single-story, semi-industrial buildings that would one day become his vacation home, during a trip to the southernmost reaches of Puglia, apart from not being sure exactly what he was looking at (a psychiatric hospital? a prison?), he knew what he saw in them. Two things, actually.

Eyeing the rectilinear logic of the buildings—one shaped like a ruler, the other like a right angle—he imagined a series of dorm rooms, “a sort of college for all your friends and their ideas,” he says. “Call it a mental hospital, a place where you can put in all your ideas. Where you can dream.” Essential to dreaming, Locatelli believes, is the freedom from some of the baser instincts that houseguesting can arouse. “If I am a guest, I don’t like the idea of a huge master bedroom with a huge bathroom, and you’re in a little corner with a tiny bathroom,” he says. “Why? I want to be comfortable, and I want my friends to be comfortable.” Accordingly, he imagined a row of identical modest-size bedrooms and a small common area. The true living room would be outdoors.

The Italian Home That’s Beyond Perfect for Outdoor Living and Hosting -

A troughlike rooftop pool added by the architect faces the Ionian Sea.



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James Mollison for WSJ. Magazine

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