Rustic Stable House Is Disassembled and Transformed into Modern Holiday Home

In the wheat fields of Tuscany sits what appears to be an unassuming, historic stone building. Beyond this rustic exterior, however, is a former stable house whose interior has been completely transformed into a strikingly modern holiday home. Roy David Studio was responsible for this metamorphosis, calling the updated property Motelparo villa.

In order to convert the space, the architects had to work against the constraints of strict preservation laws. To do this, each of the original stones used in the facade was numbered, disassembled, and later reconstructed after being deemed strong enough to build with. To update the interior, terra-cotta stone flooring was installed in a subtle fishbone arrangement, and ceiling tiles with wooden support beams were also added. Coupled with the white and light-colored furnishings, the space has an open and airy feel, akin to its countryside locale.

There were also other details from the original structure that remained unchanged (aesthetically)–the windows and door handles were refurbished and installed in the same place, in addition to the iron rings that were used to tether horses. These small touches conserve not only the villa's historic and visual appeal, but its spirit, too.

Roy David Studio: Website | Behance
via [Contemporist]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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