Survey and Restoration Project of an Old Farmhouse

Survey and Restoration Project of an Old Farmhouse

Location

Ostuni, BR, Italia

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Masseria Garrappa is an ancient farmhouse in the countryside of Ostuni, Apulia, dating back to the 16th-17th century. It is a fortified farmhouse, comprising a main body with rooms for different farming and cultivating activities on the ground floor and the residence for the owners on the upper floor.
After being used for residential purpose until the 90s, the building has been dismissed and neglected, and it is now in a discrete state of abandonment. The aim of the project was to study the structure, analyse its weaknesses and define a new possible and compatible use for it.
A historic research unvealed the development of the farmhouse: from the first residential nucleus and the chapel, the complex was progressively enlarged with the add of two sets of barns and an infill of the original structure(two storage rooms under the monumental staircase).
A thorough analysis of the whole complex was conducted to identify the symptoms and causes of decay and a precise mapping of them realized to better understand what kind of renovation and refurbishment interventions would be necessary.
An unlisted heritage building, the farmhouse holds a high historical and architectural value. Thus the solution for its reuse should be extremely respectful of its configuration, character and material/volumentric properties. The millstone for grinding olives, a symbolic element of the farmhouse's original function, has been kept and would enrich the hall of a multifunctional complex. This would comprise a small restaurant on the ground floor and a conference room on the upper floor.
The barns would be converted into rooms to host a small workshop where local food and artisanal objects can be produced and the process shown to the public. The idea is to transform the old farmhouse in an 'educational farmhouse', where people can learn about local history and traditions.