YEAR: 2014
LOCATION: Catania, Italy
TYPE: Residential
PROJECT TEAM: R. Forte (with Zero Architetti)

Located in the easteren part of Sicily, within a lemon grove overlooking the Ionian sea on one side, and Etna volcano on the other one, House RP stands in a marvellous location named Reitana. 
This place is known for the dominance of signs that underline its originary rural vocation: the lavastone walls, the rural buildings scattered in the landscape, the terraces modeling the country profile. All elements that draw a unique mediterranean paysage. The design provides a family house integrated with a farm; the design itself takes shape form the variation of the theme of Masseria.
The italian “Masseria” is a vernacular mediterranean architecture characterized by the centric planimetric layout settled all around a courtyard named “corte”.
According with the brief we have designed a cluster system of buildings generated by the intersections of stuning views and their relations with the landscape.
The outcome of this process is an amazing, yet natural, courtyard, core of the family’s life where the building acts as scenography for every day activities. 

PHOTO CREDITS: Salvatore Gozzo Environmental Photograpy