Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Torre di Baratti – Bio Resort & Restaurant in Italy by Zeno Pucci+Architects
March 19th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Zeno Pucci + Architects
The \”Torre di Baratti – Bio Resort & Restaurant\” is located in the enchanting Gulf of Baratti and enjoys a panoramic position of considerable prestige, with unique views and characteristics, right in the middle between sea and hills, at the foot of the ancient Etruscan village of Populonia . The site is immersed in an extraordinary countryside, a fertile land populated by beautiful olive groves with centuries-old trees of wild beauty, stone walls \”dry\” that rise in the blue sky, delimiting the vast fields creating here and there plots variables, flanked by important remains of Etruscan civilizations, and ancient lookout towers. It is a strong landscape full of signs and meaning, the one where the village of Baratti is born, a gulf of sea of rare beauty, which has maintained that genuine taste of home, and where stands the \”Torre di Baratti – Bio Resort & Restaurant\”, immersed in the colors and smells of the countryside, whose name comes from the particular type of building, born as an outpost watchtower.
The finishing of the restoration, by the Zeno Pucci + Architects studio, starts from the assumption that design must always embody a dual movement: welcoming everyday life and harmonizing the perception of the environmental space, dialoguing with tradition and places, where the use of extremely natural materials, such as wood for furnishings, or travertine marble for bathrooms, they create comfortable environments that know of \”home\”. Welcoming the guest with a new light that blends with stone, wood and marble, thus giving birth to colors and shapes that live for themselves, thrilling them with every step. Spread over 3 levels, the resort houses 3 standard suites, 2 two-room apartments and 1 suite apartment housed in the ancient tower with a unique view of the gulf. Silent and luminous, the resort’s suites are characterized by elegant Mediterranean-style furnishings, the apartments located on the ground floor with private entrance and private outdoor space are characterized by a retractable modern kitchen-cabinet.
The furnishings and kitchen furniture, which characterize the interior and exterior of the resort, are all the work of the same pencil Zeno Pucci. Inside the hotel, there is the homonymous restaurant run by chef Stefano Pinciaroli and sommelier Lorenzo Caponi. The will was to reappropriate a human dimension in total harmony with nature, with a careful eye to harmonize the relationship between the table and what is natural and healthy offers the nature that surrounds it. In equilibrium with the surrounding environment, the project by Zeno Pucci + Architects proposes itself as an architecture characterized by a decisive but gentle form: a volume extended to a floor, half walled and half glazed . Inside the building block, the reception of the resort and the kitchen are located, characterized by a direct contact between the customer and the chef. The glazed part on three sides, allows you to enjoy from within the surrounding nature.
The small tables, made to the same design by Zeno Pucci, are enriched by the seats in red shades, by design or randomly distributed pieces of recovery. In the evening hours, the pendant lamps, give the environment a soft light, punctual on the tables, leaving the rest of the environment in the shadows, emphasizing the relationship with the external environment.
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