Inspired by centuries-old structures found on the Italian island of Pantelleria, architects from ASA Studio Albanese bring us Casa Albanese, an expansive estate that combines several of these Italian relics, renovated for 21st-century living. The simple materials—concrete, existing stone modified for current use—combined with uncomplicated colors and textures throughout, including an outdoor area with a very Bedouin-feel canopy, make this a unique, relaxed abode rich in historical overtones.
Don’t expect to find perfect symmetry in Casa Albanese; its asymmetry is part of its charm, from the archways to the domed, stone ceilings. With plenty of outdoor space to enjoy, really the only reason to be indoors is perhaps for sleeping—but even that can be accomplished on the semicovered patio, along the carved concrete “couches,” surrounded by the abundant island flora. The patio also boasts a functional kitchen space that, while a little on the primitive side, certainly would be great for those late-night, poolside get-togethers. Prosecco anyone?