Voluminous industrial spaces combine with a free-flowing layout to create this Italian home – set inside a former olive oil factory.
Architect Stefano de Martino and interior designer Karen Lohrmann have restored and converted the 17th-century building using natural materials, turning it into a home that retains its original factory proportions.
Its collection of rooms – which feature soaring proportions, curved ceilings and open doorways – merge easily into one another, lending themselves as bedrooms and living rooms. Furniture such as the metal kitchen is freestanding and portable so it can be easily moved around.
Doorway-sized window openings pour sunlight into the Italian property while connecting it to its surroundings, set on the Sorrentine Peninsula 6 miles from Sorrento. The Faito and Vesuvius mountains and the entire Gulf of Naples are postcard views.
Concrete walls, staircases and ceilings are left bare – a nod to the building’s former industrial life and its rural setting – while creating a counterpoint to the whitewashed timber flooring and minimalist furnishings.
The four-bedroom hilltop building is surrounded by three acres of terraced land, partly cultivated with olive groves, and it is on the market for €1.2 million with Italy Sotheby’s International Realty. A tower in the grounds could be an adaptive reuse project for its new owner, subject to planning consent.