Rustic Farmhouse Gets Updated With Stunning Two-Story Glass Corner

Mrizi i Zanave Agroturizëm in Albania

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Working to revitalize a once nearly abandoned countryside in Albania, the founders of the Mrizi i Zanave Agroturizëm have created a striking vision that looks toward the future while maintaining the past. At the heart of the property is a modern glass farmhouse that cuts a sleek figure while also integrating into the surroundings. By serving astounding cuisine using locally sourced ingredients and providing designer accommodations, this farm stay will make you want to book a ticket to Albania immediately.

This mix of old and new was part of chef and founder Altin Prenga's vision when he began the project 8 years ago. Designed by Plis Atelier, the farmhouse plays on different natural textures. On the exterior, the traditional stone cladding is interrupted by a two-story picture window at the corner of the building. Not only does this flood the interior with light, but it also makes a statement that tradition can be maintained while also being updated.

Moving inside, the guest room is given a sense of warmth with the addition of wood. Thick beams across the ceiling are echoed in the furniture, as the bed is set on a base formed by wood logs. Even the small table and stools are fitted with the same wood material, giving the interior the feel of a chic, updated log cabin.

The restaurant follows a similar tone, with large picture windows to take in the vast expanse of land surrounding the farm. Here, small logs have been carved into simple, effective overhead lights and the wood-clad walls and ceiling make for a cozy ambiance conducive to an intimate meal with friends and family.

Incredibly, staying in this contemporary farmhouse isn't as expensive as one might think. Rooms start from about $50 per night, including breakfast.

This stunning modern, glass farmhouse sits in the Albanian countryside.

Modern Farmhouse Conversion in Albania

Contemporary Glass Farmhouse in Albania

It includes several guest rooms with cozy interiors that give the vibe of a modern log cabin.

Cozy Guestroom at Farmstay

Contemporary Minimalist Guestroom in Farmhouse

Mrizi i Zanave Agroturizëm Converted Farmhouse in Albania

Mrizi i Zanave Agroturizëm in Albania

Stone Farmhouse Conversion

Mrizi i Zanave Agroturizëm in Albania

The property is a working farm that is part of Slow Food Albania.

Mrizi i Zanave Agroturizëm in Albania

Farmstay in Albania

The restaurant reflects the architecture in that it maintains local traditions, but with a modern twist.

Mrizi i Zanave Agroturizëm Restaurant Interior

Mrizi i Zanave Agroturizëm Restaurant Interior

Glass Farmhouse in Albania

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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