Architect designs own house with white tower in Puglia

Architect Lorenzo Grifantini stacked the bedrooms of his own house in Puglia, Italy, inside a 12-metre-high white tower overlooking a large courtyard.

Called La Torre Bianca, or The White Tower, the villa in Gagliano del Capo was designed by Grifantini, a founder of DOS Architects, as a home for his own family away from the “hustle and bustle” of their life in London.

The White Tower Gagliano del Capo by DOS Architects

The central courtyard features a swimming pool and large tree.

A cluster of high-ceilinged volumes house the living, kitchen, dining and guest bedroom areas, which open directly onto this external space through sliding glass doors.

The White Tower Gagliano del Capo by DOS Architects

“The central courtyard is the real heart of the house,” said Grifantini.

“A place of conviviality and play, where the swimming pool and carefully selected vegetation reproduce the presence of natural elements.”

The White Tower Gagliano del Capo by DOS Architects

A canopy made of white-painted iron and bamboo wraps around this courtyard. unifying all of the disparate rooms in a single external space.

An outdoor seating area is in front of the dining room.

The White Tower Gagliano del Capo by DOS Architects

At the corner of this courtyard sits the tower, in line with the nearby bell tower of the church of San Rocco.

It’s height gives it views out over the town and out towards the sea.

The White Tower Gagliano del Capo by DOS Architects

A small staircase at the rear of the tower connects its three storeys, ending in a small viewing terrace on its roof.

Small square windows set deep into the walls bring light into the bedrooms.

The White Tower Gagliano del Capo by DOS Architects

This whole cluster of buildings is wrapped by a low boundary wall, marked with square openings that mirror those in the…

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