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 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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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