Studio Andrew Trotter designed his first architectural project, Masseria Moroseta, in 2016. The residence was named after the Italian word for farm or country house 'masseria' which is mainly used in Apulia and Sicily. Local materials and farmhouses were a great source of inspiration for the building. Four years later, Masseria Moroseta is still a relevant building that complements the effortless beauty and tranquillity of the nearby Italian coast.
Masseria Moroseta's design combines Apulian principles with a modern, minimalist approach. Each room is placed around a central courtyard as it would in traditional farmhouse architecture. The building is surrounded by old olive trees and has a magnificent view of the ocean at the front and the Apulian fields at the back.
Local materials and farmhouses were a great source of inspiration.
For the realisation of the country house, Andrew Trotter carried out extensive research into the architecture and building materials of Apulia. He wanted to create an environmentally friendly design using as many local materials as possible. As a result, Masseria Moroseta has one metre thick sandstone walls with ecological recycled insulation, cross ventilation in the living space and solar panels that provide electricity and heating for the whole building. The thick stone walls and floors are mainly made of tufo, a local sandstone. These keep the rooms cool in summer and do not let the heat escape in winter. The simplistic design of Masseria Moroseta hides a fine piece of architecture. Andrew Trotter does not disappoint with this exceptional project. The modern building is in no way inferior to the beautiful surroundings. These two are inextricably linked by the history of the region that is deeply interwoven with Masseria Moroseta’s architectural principles. A stay in Trotter's country house connects you to the past and traditions of Apulia and offers a relaxing holiday. Photography by Salva Lopez and Marina Denisova