12° East 36°45’ North PANTELLERIA Refitted Tradition
Island of Pantelleria, Mediterranean, 12° East 36°45’ North, 30 miles from Tunisia. A farming complex consisting of several "dammusi", the island's traditional buildings, set in a rugged landscape, with considerable differences in height.
On the partially ruined existing dammusi, using the original construction techniques, a number of new rooms were created, connected to the main building by a vaulted apse. The spaces are arranged around a sequence of closed courtyards that can be enjoyed in the summer months. Contrasting with the density of this space, there is a large terraced area, delineated by a simple plastered wall, palm trees and an infinity pool that looks out towards the sea. As for the interiors, they are mostly in the original bare stone, while plaster is used only in the extensions; the colours are warm and all the materials used come from the surrounding area. A long pathway in tufa, bordered by a stone wall, leads to a depression 16 metres below the level of the house. At the center of this volcanic depression, terraces have been built to create an open-air theatre. Outside the house, in the open, the magic place of landscape, with the precious site-specific artwork by Richard Long.