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.