House by Lucio Rosato, Riparo Bardella di Ortona, Italy

Posted on September 14, 2010


Lucio Rosato has designed a house that for me is a modern complimentary to Casa Malaparte by Adalberto Libera. You can imagine them both on the same island, sitting on opposite promontories, juxtaposed in an architectural dialogue of the bare minimal, the absolutely essential. 

Big_217508_3092_05 guardando ad est _big

Built parallel to the seafront (in contrast to the jutting Casa Malaparte), Rosato’s design invites you to enjoy the infinite horizon of the sea within a new perspective. The house overlooking the sea marks a walk on the slope of the land parallel to the seafront through the rhythmic sequence of empty space and constructed elements.   
Big_217508_2315_06 la lunga vasca immersa nella pietra bianca _big 
The house emerges from the earth, and at the same time seems to plunge into it looking for the territory of the provisional determination. The project is so well placed in the landscape, as if someone had already designed it as the intersection of perspective vanishing points.
Big_217508_2501_08 avvistamento tra luce e ombra _big
The manor house occupies the lower part of the monolith but the actual living is done on the roof deck of the “ship”, where a big slab of water dives inside the white stone from which a huge balcony is formed. From it a white steel loggia emerges which frames the vistas surrounding you, its lightness the opposit to the white cube of the guest house on the south part of the building.
Big_217508_5792_04 la casa vista dalla foresteria _big1
Even though the surrounding land formations are well preserved and the natural configuration of spontaneous Mediterranean vegetation marked by rows of old olive trees suggests a random harmony, the project tries to be a sign of natural artifice, much like Casa Malaparte is on Capri. No effort is made to assimilate the house to the landscape, no material used to make it look environmentally friendly. Yet,the bold statement it is more than makes up for it.
Big_217508_9620_07 orizzonti in sequenza _big

Design: Lucio RosatoDesign: team: Lucio Rosato, Ermano Flacco architects, Sandro Antonucci civil engineer
Location:  Riparo Bardella di Ortona (Chieti).
Construction: 2000/2006.
Big_217508_8401_03 fronte verso il mare _big1
Photography by Tommy Della Frana, Pasquale Carfagna, Lúcio Rosato Big_217508_2786_09 la casa vista dal mare _big