Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

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Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

Architect Peter Pichler has converted an existing 14th century farmhouse into a family home in Puglia, Italy, adding these perforated shutters over its facade.

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

Called Casa Puglia, the building is situated on a hill and features a series of arches on the interior, covered by the new shutters.

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

The shutters are made of water-cut aluminium panels and feature a graduated pattern derived from Arabic designs.

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

The arched doorways connect each room to the outside.

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

Photographs are by Domingo Milella and Victoria Ebner.

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

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Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

The following information is from the architect:


Santa Maria Al Bagno is a small fishermen village, district of Nardò in the province of Lecce, and it is located on the coastline of the Gulf of Taranto, Ionian west coast between Gallipoli and porto Cesareo.

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

The project embraces a conversion of an existing old house from the 14th century in Puglia, south Italy. The house was part of a so called “masseria”, a traditional farmhouse to be found in the countryside of Puglia and usually built in “tufo”, a local sandstone.

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

In the past 500 years the masseria has been the center of production of apulian agricultural economy where most people lived and worked in the countryside producing wheat, almonds, wine, olive oil, milk and cheese.

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

After world war II most people moved to towns leaving most masserias abandoned. In the past 5 or 6 years masserias have found new life as country hotels, museums and private residences.

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

The house is located on the top of a small hill and is oriented towards the sea. It consists of a small kitchen connected to the living room, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The house is surrounded by a handsome garden with classic mediterranenan plants which expands towards east.

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

The most dominant feature of the old existing house were interior arches, that span the width of the rooms and are cut into the exterior walls as a kind of interior relief (old walls with a depth of almost 80cm at some points).

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

The idea was to expand those “decor” arches in the exterior facade to provide light and direct access from each room towards the exterior space.

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

The characteristic Apulian architecture of the 11th–13th centuries reflects Greek, Arab and Norman influences.

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

Those influences were taken as inspiration for generating a pattern which was applied to 36 water-cutted aluminium panels in the facade, used as sunshading elements and furthermore preventing against incursion.

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

The pattern was developed with parametric techniques in order to test the density of the structure, which filters the amount of light in the interior space.

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

It gradually changes and goes from an open thin structure to an almost closed surface, evoking a new interpretation of the classic arabic “linear” pattern.

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

The constant play of light and shadow through the structure changes during the daytime and is inverted by night, ending up with the effect of a glowing facade.

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

Project: casa in Puglia
Type: leisure residence

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler

Location: Santa Maria al Bagno, Puglia, Italy
Status: built

Casa Puglia by Peter Pichler


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  • AES

    I love it! Gives the vague impression that there is a trulli under it all. Fantastic!

  • Diego

    Those shutters are simply exceptional!! They evoke many emotions!! I would love those in my place!!

  • http://www.adelexchong.wordpress.com adelexchong

    Amazing! I love how the light is diffused through these shutters. The ornamental aspect of the design doesn't clash with the clean, stripped down look of the facade either. Very well done!

  • Shayan

    the shutters are fantastic,

  • http://www.francoisbeydoun.com French1st

    It's very nice to see the evolution of the "Moucharabieh"which is a device frequently used natural ventilation in the traditional architecture of the Arab countries since the XIII.
    http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moucharabieh
    http://5h12.wordpress.com/2008/04/08/mon-charabia
    http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:IMA_face_sud

  • patrizia

    is a stupid work for a beautiful place. He didn't respect the genius loci of that italian aerea. Puglia is not Medina!
    patrizia catalano journalist

    • Guest

      No it's not Medina, it's Puglia. As the article explains:
      "The characteristic Apulian architecture of the 11th–13th centuries reflects Greek, Arab and Norman influences."

      Looks like he respected the Arab influences pretty well to me.

      It's a beautiful work for a beautiful place.

  • marcoinweb

    am i wrong or there's nothing left of the 14th century farmhouse? this project looks like a crime to me

  • Mari

    It doesn't respect the the genius loci at all. Apulian farms h ave nothing to' share with arab influences. Sorry….

    • gkaist

      that is because u dont know your own history very well. :)