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A Whitewashed Italian Farmhouse with Just a Dash of Color

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A Whitewashed Italian Farmhouse with Just a Dash of Color

April 11, 2017

Milan-based 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. Here’s a look inside (and out).

Photography by Giovanna Silva, courtesy of A2BC Architects.

steel windows add a note of modernity to the old stone building. 9
Above: Steel windows add a note of modernity to the old stone building.
polished concrete floors are a cohesive thread throughout the interior. 10
Above: Polished concrete floors are a cohesive thread throughout the interior.
a minimalist fireplace and bentwood chairs add warmth to the dining area. 11
Above: A minimalist fireplace and bentwood chairs add warmth to the dining area.
the only dash of color in the living area comes via a pair of persimmon upholst 12
Above: The only dash of color in the living area comes via a pair of persimmon-upholstered armchairs.
a sanctuary in the summer months: a pale bedroom with white linens. 13
Above: A sanctuary in the summer months: a pale bedroom with white linens.
light green closet doors add a note of color. 14
Above: Light green closet doors add a note of color.
in another bedroom, more persimmon, via bed linens. (for a similar italian bedr 15
Above: In another bedroom, more persimmon, via bed linens. (For a similar Italian bedroom—and where to source rust-colored bed linens—see Steal This Look: A Summery Bedroom at Casa Privata in Italy.)
an original stone wall contrasts with the new structural elements. 16
Above: An original stone wall contrasts with the new structural elements.
a view of the sloping hillside. 17
Above: A view of the sloping hillside.

For more skillfully updated Italian farmhouses and villas, see:

And, over on Gardenista, check out Outbuilding of the Week: A Woodshed Transformed, by StudioErrante in Italy.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran September 6, 2013.

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