TerraMia respects the light, the aromas and the silence of the Sicilian land.

The infinite line of the horizon and the spectacular view of the Vendicari Nature Reserve inspired this architectural project. The landscape crosses the body of the house seamlessly.

Modern render offset against traditional local stone gives TerraMia a grounding in the past and a vision of the future of Sicilian architecture.

The furnishings of the whole house are contemporary, the design respects the rules and the landscape, almost physically containing it, in pursuing a continuous dialogue between nature and the building.

The symbiosis with the context is expressed through the choice of the beautiful Noto stone and the lava stone of the Volcano Etna.

The living room has large sliding glass doors that overlook the Nature Reserve and open onto a very particular pool area served by terraces with numerous resting points.

The swimming pool, made in lava stone, has been conceived in a central position as a large Arab tub, where you can relax and chat with friends who relax on the nearest terraces.

Next to the swimming pool, surrounded by very ancient lentisk plants, prickly pears and olive trees, a covered panoramic terrace hosts a large lava stone dining table and a well-equipped outdoor kitchen with barbecue.

From the covered panoramic terrace several terraces without cover develop creating magical convivial places for the evenings with friends under the stars.

Internally, the panoramic living area is equipped with large sofas and a centrally positioned lava stone fireplace.

The sleeping area is rather private, more closed, with tall and narrow glass door windows that frame the sea.

Each of these glass door windows offers direct access to the garden with a breathtaking view of the surrounding almond groves, the salt lagoons of the Natural Reserve and the sea.

Large iron solar screens run along the facade, modelling and fragmenting the light in the hottest hours, creating origami designs on the floor, like the texture of an Arab architecture. A guarantee for safety that also allows air circulation.

Photography by Alberto Ferrero

Architecture & Design by Marco Merendi

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