A2BC Architects merged ancient and modern in their overhaul of a crumbling farmhouse on the terraced hillside of Cinque Terre, in Liguria, Italy. They shored up the existing structure, plastered the interiors, replaced the flooring with polished concrete throughout, and added black steel windows to frame the views.
Photographs by Giovanna Silva, courtesy of A2BC Architects.
Above: Steel windows add a note of modernity to the old stone building.
Above: Polished concrete floors are a cohesive thread throughout the interior.
Above: A minimalist fireplace and bentwood chairs add warmth to the dining area.
Above: The only dash of color in the living areas comes via a pair of persimmon-upholstered armchairs.
Above: A sanctuary in the summer months: a pale bedroom with white linens.
Above: Light green closet doors add a note of color.
Above: In another bedroom, more persimmon, via bed linens.
Above: An original stone wall contrasts with the new structural elements.
Above: A view of the sloping hillside.
For another skillfully updated Italian farmhouse, see House Tour: Pastels Go Rustic in a 17th-Century Masseria. And Gardenista presents One More Reason to Visit Italy: The World's Biggest Vertical Garden.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 6, 2013, as part of our Low-Key Fashion issue.