From a distance, it seems like a wooden box is floating on a hill overlooking the archaic Sicilian countryside. La melagrana located near the town of Noto is pitched on concrete beams and offers a view of the sea shimmering in the distance. But only in the open state. When the house is unoccupied, a guest wing sits like a protective wall in front of the large windows of the main house. The guest house can be electronically moved to the side, thus revealing a view of nature as well as giving access to the terrace. Apart from the living room with a kitchen, you will find a bedroom with en suite bathroom in the main building. Two more bedrooms and a bathroom are located in the guest house. The interior consists of vintage pieces, contemporary design and custom-made furniture.
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What to do
The house is nestled in the Val di Noto, one of the most spectacular baroque art sites in Sicily and listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2002. Suggested visits to: Noto, the natural reserve of Vendicari, Modica, Scicli,Ragusa Ibla,Palazzolo Acreide, Siracusa.
Why we like this house
La melagrana is disarming in its simplicity, and at the same time, is a real triumph of variability. The contemporary architecture with its purist aesthetics fits sensitively into the wild landscape and invites visitors to perceive nature.
This house is great for
Couples, travellers in search of a quiet, inspiring place, friends, families with children from 8 years
|Region/Town||IT – Italy, Sicily, Noto|
|Scenery||in rolling countryside with views to the sea|
|Number of guests||up to 6 people|
|Design||Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo|
|Published||ELLE Decoration Country Vol. 18 5/2021, Monopol | living.corriere.it | Elle Decor | La Repubblica | Domus | Domus web | ArchDaily | Io Donna | RUM | Sara Marini, Le foreste di cristallo di Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, Quodlibet, Macerata 2017 | IDEAT ||
|Awards||Riba Awards 2012 - EU, shortlist last 20, RIBA Stirling Prize 2012, nomination European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2013|
|Criteria||1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), Beach, Family, Hiking, Island, Sea|
|Same Architect||Le Tamerici|