HOUSE IN AN URBAN VOID OF GAGLIANO DEL CAPO, LECCE
A fluid space in continuity between interior and exterior
Lorenzo Grifantini (DOS Architects)
Torre Bianca (White Tower) occupies an irregular void, suspended between the historical centre and the Ciolo trail, an ancient rural footpath that leads to a marvellous fjord. The project was not without its challenges, first and foremost the insertion of a new home in an inhomogeneous urban context, and how to establish a dialogue with the inherent elements of the landscape. The house is an aggregation of volumes, each with its own function, facing an internal courtyard and a series of accessory courts distributed along the edge of the lot. A 12-metre high tower, on axis with the bell tower of the church of San Rocco, rises above the house to fulfil the twofold function of offering a suggestive view toward the sea and recalling the Norman watchtowers typical of the Salento coastal landscape.