Just 30 meters from the sea and overlooking the Capo Zaferrano, this villa is situated on a rocky slope on the northern coast of Sicily. The Italian architect Armando Barraja designed the house as a summer residence for his family in the late 1980s. In terms of its materials and form, the building fits perfectly into its surroundings. It will remind you of a ship with details like porthole windows, railing-like balustrades and the ubiquitous view of the sea. Positioned as it is on a slope, the entrance is on the upper level. You step immediately into the central living area with a fireplace and dining area. From here you enter the three bedrooms, the bathroom and the kitchen. Access to the terrace is flanked on both sides by the glass walls typical of the house’s period. From the large terrace, bridges lead to the back of the house and outer staircases to the two lower floors, each with a bedroom and bathroom. There is another terrace on the middle level and you can also sunbathe on rock platforms below, just two meters above the sea.
Just as unique as the architecture is the villa’s interior design. Armando Barraja is not only an architect, he also founded an company in Palermo in the seventies that imports designer furniture. The house is fully furnished with his furniture: a divider by Franco Albini, a marble table by Dino Gavina, chairs by Werner Panton and Marcel Breuer and many other rare pieces.
What to do
Swimming and snorkelling, hiking, excursions to Palermo (half an hour away by car).
Why we like this house
Both the architecture and interior design are very special and create the villa’s distinctive charm. The fantastic view of the sea, the private bathing bay and the proximity to lively Palermo all promise a fantastic holiday experience.
Details of the property
Region/Town: IT – Italy, Sicily, Palermo, Bagheria
Name: Seaside Villa Capo Zafferano
Scenery: Rugged coast, right on the Mediterranean Sea
Number of guests: 2 to 9 persons
Design: Armando Barraja
Published: Ein Architektenhaus am Capo Zafferano