In the 1950s, a new building was erected on the rocks of the Bay of Marzamemi on a base of stone by the dam that protects the Sicilian coast. The house was designed on the border of an ancient fishing village from the XVII century, which still gives this town in the province of Syracuse its characteristic appearance. About two years ago, the new owner, an Italian artist, commissioned the studio Indice Creativo to renovate this house by the sea. The result is a perfect balance of natural, locally-sourced building materials and modern minimalism.
As we approach
Perfect, essential geometry combines effortlessly with the coastal nature and the structures of the older building.
The absolute white is broken only by the thin lines demarcating the fixtures, as shown here at the entrance way. The whiteness provides a lovely backdrop for the wooden handle and the delicate decorative fish pattern: a tribute to the traditions of the area, whose economy was based mainly on tuna fishing, a craft that is still practised.
The white stone from Modica defines the interior as simple and bright, the perfect setting from which to admire the view of the island of Cape Passero and the Hyblaean Mountains in the distance: we have only to cross to the window for the majestic scene to unfold before our gaze. On the far wall to our right, placed in a niche, a colourful mosaic dampens the predominance of white.
The rich wooden tones of the door and the furniture highlight the sand-coloured pavement, which also extends outside, bordering the dam.
Exposed beams effectively divide the interior space and, despite their whitewash, reveal to us the nature of the wooden roof. The luminous hallway, which provides entrance to the kitchen and the sleeping area, is designed, according to the original intent of the owner,
The simplicity of the bedroom is refined by another mosaic, this time under the window recess. The ocean scene in the mosaic playfully mirrors the real sea, which peers in through the window just above. The artwork depicts nets used by the ancient Marzamemi fishermen. The recurrence of this theme throughout the d