A smart House-Studio in the Apulian countryside.

In the countryside of Ostuni, a hideaway immersed in the green of the Itria Valley, smart and connected, for work and relaxation. This house reinterprets in a contemporary way the traditional shapes and materials of the Apulian rural architecture in order to blend in with the landscape. The home automation technology allows complete control via app on a smart device and optimizes utility consumption for a total energy independence.

The project comes from the idea of a central patio, used since ancient times in the warm climate of the southern Mediterranean area as a passive protection from the sun. The house develops with a C-shape around the patio facing north, so as to protect the large windows from the strong Apulian sun and enjoy the best view. On the east side, there are the living area and the homeowner studio; in the middle the dining area with kitchen; while on the west side, there is the master bedroom with a second studio. At the west end, there is a separate guest room with its own entrance and independent bathroom. On the north side of the house, in front of the patio, the swimming pool, equipped with a gazebo, a bathroom and a sauna, overlooks the countryside.

The chosen finishing materials are the traditional materials of the Apulia region made contemporary by architectural details: dry stone and lime plaster for the masonry, minimal windows, and doors in oak wood, Apricena stone in slabs for the flooring. Inside, a smoothed concrete floor was chosen for the living area, while wood was used for the sleeping area; the furniture was tastefully chosen among the best Made in Italy brands.

The owners expressed the need to be able to control the house during business trips, so a KNX home automation system with a network-connected web server was designed to remotely control, via app on the smartphone, the functions of the house, such as: access and intercom, security and alarm system, air conditioning system and lights. Particular attention has been paid to energy saving, an integrated photovoltaic system was created with heat pump, solar panels, a charging station for the electric car, as well as a consumption monitoring system to allow total energy autonomy.

At the entrance, Tekno was included, flush with internal wall with side panel and custom wood finish of the customer.  The automatic opening through the Arckey system provides remote control and access management.




Private villa


Ostuni, BR | Italy


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Carminati Serramenti