With broad views of the Gulf of Naples, these summer houses nestle on a rocky slope of the Italian island of Capri. The upper house – the Casa Piera – was designed by Neapolitan architect Cherubino Gambardella as a private residenza minima. The house with a small pool and sun deck may at first strike you as surprisingly plain, yet it turns out to be a miniature holiday home ingeniously designed down to the very last detail. The interior forms a multicoloured contrast to the plain white exterior shell. All the rooms are decorated in colourful ceramic mosaic tiles, while gleaming white walls alternate with gentle pastel shades to emphasise the neatly arranged rooms, laid out over a floor area of 21 m², that provide for all your holiday essentials – sleeping, bathing, cooking and living.
The main house is the Casa Ola, a little further down the slope. In its bright Mediterranean white colour and with its simple spaces, broad terraces and airy porches, every detail cites the architecture of Capri. Numerous balustrades and reed-thatched white metal framed pergolas provide for an open, summery character. Large, simple openings punctuate the stone walls like eyes, calculated to draw the light into the interiors where it creates a dynamic interplay between the colourful walls, floors and furniture.
What to do
Capri offers a variety of interesting sites e.g. the Blue Grotto, Faraglioni rocks, the Augustus Gardens, Via Krup, various churches etc.
Why we like this house
These houses offer an escape from the everyday: they embody the spirit of the island. The architecture radiates Mediterranean lightness and the slope with its broad views of the sea will make you feel like you are enthroned above it all.
This house is great for
A house for aficionados. The house can only be reached by foot in 20 minutes from the small Piazetta of Capri. A special transport service can be booked.
Details of the property
Region/Town: IT – Italy, Capri
Name: Casa di Ola & Casa di Piera
Scenery: Panoramic view over the Gulf of Naples
Number of guests: 1-6
Design: Cherubino Gambardella and Simona Ottieri, Naples
Published: Capri e gli architetti, Massa Editore, 2004, Domus November 2006