Villa Capri is situated in an olive grove on the outskirts of Itri, a small town between Rome and Naples. The house was built around an abandoned steel concrete skeleton. The architects Cherubino Gambardella and Simona Ottieri, who specialize in re-designing abandoned concrete structures, transformed this former ruin into a holiday home in the style of Mediterranean classicism. The austere architecture is contrasted by the window frames of blue and white ceramic tiles, a nod to the works of Gio Ponti and Ettore Sottsass. The building also features a playful arrangement of irregularly arranged columns and bamboo pergolas. These white columns are in fact gigantic PVC flower pots for bougainvilleas.
The 250 square meter house has three levels. It consists of a main house with four bedrooms and a pool house with two bedrooms, which can be accessed from the main house and separately. The 88 sq m living area, with an open kitchen in the main house, opens to a large terrace with sweeping views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The interiors reflect the blue tones of the ceramic tiles of the window frames. The rooms, whose interior design is kept simple, have individually designed suspended ceilings – with curves or corners, and sometimes the concrete structure of the building itself is visible. The house has various external areas: the main bedroom on the upper floor has a private 77 sq m terrace, and besides the terrace on the ground floor there is a front yard leading from the kitchen, with an old oak and citrus trees. The pool is surrounded by a 312 sq m sun terrace.
What to do
The beach, a pool, mountains, hiking, private cook on request, guided tours of the olive grove, boat trips, guided cave tours, classical architecture (old buildings near the Via Appia), the Mediterranean architecture of modernity. Shops, restaurants, bars and the Via Appia are only 5 minutes away. Capri, Ischia, Pompeii, Amalfi are not far away. There a good train connections to Rome and Naples.
Why we like this house
Villa Capri is a fantastic example of the use of existing resources. We like the many details that add playfulness to the classical architecture