la melagrana

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
Name la melagrana
Scenery in rolling countryside with views to the sea
Number of guests up to 6 people
Completed 2011
Design Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo
Published ELLE Decoration Country Vol. 18 5/2021, Monopol | | 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
Architecture Modern
Accomodation House
Criteria 1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), Beach, Family, Hiking, Island, Sea
Same ArchitectLe Tamerici
la melagrana

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  1. La casa piano piano ti avvolge nella sua atmosfera e ti senti sempre più avvolta nel paesaggio siciliano, mediterraneo e forte. Non so cosa l’architetta avesse in mente, ma la casa restituisce libertà e forza.
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  2. We spent a wonderful week in La Melangrana savouring the architecture and the place. It is remote, quiet and supremely peaceful, but also only a few minutes drive from the sea or the surrounding towns. Built in a sensitive yet radical way to respond to the climate and context, the house hovers over the landscape commanding distant views to the sea, providing a sense of escape and wonder.
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  3. Cooles Country House inmitten einer traumhaften Landschaft und mit einer fantastischen Weitsicht. Das Appartment ist sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtet. Die beiden Terrassen laden zum Verweilen vor Ort ein. Ein aussergewöhnlicher Ort.
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  4. We had a wonderful week @ La Melagrana. The house itself is marvelous with the large windows and the great view to the sea! Federica (the owner) and Danilo (the “on-the-ground” support) are really nice and responsive to all request. I can only recommend La Melagrana and hope to visit again myself soon!
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  5. La Melagrana is in and of itself a piece of architectural art in the midst of a beautiful, secluded landscape. We enjoyed our stay there very much. The open views onto the landscape, the tranquility and piece – and last but not least the many architectural details are exceptional. We look forward to visiting again. Greetings from Berlin.
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