Considerate restoration of an old olive farm in the mountainous Italian region of Umbria.
The farm buildings have lain in ruins for decades, and the tumbledown look has been retained in the form of rustic masonry and recycling of the old bricks.
In contrast to the outside, the interior of the house was designed to be simple, white and functional.The original chestnut roof beams are exposed with their overlaid battens and white-painted boards. The remaining surfaces are all in white: smooth walls in stucco rendering, white epoxy floors and high-gloss fittings. The rooms are linked by white-painted steel stairs, light by discreet overhead lights on the main staircase.
The old olive farm is reached via a 1 kilometre-long restored forest track, and the silence and magnificent panorama views and no neighbours for several kilometres are a feature of the site and house