This Sicilian villa brings modern structure to the foot of Mount Etna

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L Home is a recent Sicilian villa, sprawled throughout a beneficiant web site amid rolling hills, fertile agricultural land, leafy nature and Mount Etna within the distance. The venture is the primary in Italy of dynamic, rising follow Transit Studio, headed by architect Ben Masterton-Smith and based mostly in London. ‘[It] has been an unbelievable alternative to be taught concerning the wealthy cultural heritage of the island, the distinctive panorama and the plentiful native elements and delicacies there,’ he says. 

(Picture credit score: Agnese Sanvito)

A contemporary Sicilian villa: L Home

Commissioned as a retreat by a non-public shopper, L Home was conceived to emerge from its land – outlined proper from the beginning, as a house that pulls on the heritage, tradition and geology of Sicily. Terraced orange, lemon, olive and avocado groves, and vineyards wrap across the web site, and are represented within the venture by its wealthy gardens and open-air terraces; in the meantime, Mount Etna’s volcanic nature seems in the primary constructing, and specifically its dark-coloured, monolithic, barn-inspired quantity. Elsewhere, there are vintage terracotta roof tiles and really gentle pink render that create a welcome juxtaposition, drawing the customer in. 

L House swimming pool

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‘We had been actually fascinated by the volcanic panorama and the position of Etna within the historical past of the island. The influence of the volcano on supplies and structure can be strongly pronounced on the island – lava being seen historically as a “low-cost” constructing materials on the jap facet of the island, however elevated to one thing relatively extra particular in Palermo, and the reverse for the white stone from Trapani that was used as costly ornamentation in Catania,’ the architect writes. 

‘Catania additionally has numerous colors of render, with a extra uncommon gentle pink intonaco (render) comprised of sabia volcanica (volcanic sand) that proved to be an inspiration for the venture. We visited a lava stone quarry and had been notably desirous about a kind of lava that’s minimize from the highest of the lava flows. The stone has an nearly sponge-like look, with air bubbles – identified in Italian as ‘occhio di pernice’ (partridge eye lava) – a incredible floor texture that we used to wrap the brand new quantity in.’

L House living space looking out

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Inside, minimalist structure is knowledgeable by native supplies and crafts that mix with the area’s plentiful sunshine to make for a relaxed, heat and welcoming inside. Lava stone is utilized in alternative ways – in numerous surfaces and glazes, such because the indoor flooring and the toilet tiles. The Transit crew took its cues from the native colors of the sky and sea and the sabia volcanica to create its inner compositions. Refreshing simplicity abounds, because the structure crew masterfully crafted layered areas that really feel streamlined and natural. 

L House terrace and planting

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‘The venture epitomises the pursuits and passions of the studio, exploring and taking inspiration from our travels and bringing these concepts very a lot into the character of our work,’ mentioned Masterton-Smith. Transit Studio has since labored on quite a lot of initiatives throughout the UK, together with the celebrated Groucho Membership in London’s Soho; an property masterplan in Sussex; a rural lodge; a Grade I-listed personal members’ membership in St James’; and an artist retreat in a listed secure block in Devon.

L House minimalist kitchen

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L House kitchen detail

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L House bedroom

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L House living space interior

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L House exterior

(Picture credit score: Agnese Sanvito)

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