Masseria Moroseta, Studio Andrew Trotter's first project in 2016, was an instant hit. This trend continues with Villa Cardo, one of the Moroseta holiday villas. Like Masseria Moroseta, this property was built with local materials and traditional construction methods, inspired by the architecture of Apulia.
As with the first project, the environment was also very important here. Villa Cardo, a three-bedroom holiday home, was built with local materials and traditional building methods. The result is a house in the vernacular style of Apulia, which keeps the rooms light, airy and cool during the hot summers. The villa is surrounded by olive and almond trees and enjoys beautiful views of the sea from the roof terrace. Because the holiday home needed to complement its surroundings, the design studio modelled it after the traditional cube-shaped houses found throughout Apulia. The houses in the Italian region are traditionally built of a local sandstone, Tufo, which has a high thermal mass. Often, the houses also have arched ceilings and recesses in the facades, designed to keep the heat out. Villa Cardo was designed using the same materials and techniques, so that its residents would be less dependent on air conditioning in summer and heating in winter.
Each room reflects the minimalist aesthetics of the exterior.
The house consists of a large living and dining room and three bedrooms, with a bathroom attached. The master bedroom has its own veranda with outdoor bath and a private garden with outdoor shower. The two other bedrooms, one with a double bed, the other with two single beds, can also be used as a small living room. These smaller bedrooms share a bathroom. Downstairs there is another TV room, which can sleep two people. The room also has a private bathroom and a Turkish bath with an outdoor shower. Each room is designed in a simple and elemental finish, to reflect the minimalist aesthetics of the exterior. The entire house has a local limestone floor, the bathrooms and kitchen have a custom-made terrazzo finish. In addition to the main house, there is a small outbuilding. Studio Andrew Trotter converted this space into a separate bathroom and a guest house with room for two. Around the pool is an outdoor kitchen with barbecue and wood oven, dining terrace, outdoor bench and sunbeds. On the roof, the large terrace offers a wonderful view of the sea. Here, you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings to the fullest!
Photography by Salva Lopez