Italian practice ACA Amore Campione Architettura has led the expansion and renovation project of an old farm in the Sicilian hillside, on the slope of Volcano Etna. The design aimed to respect the existing architecture and at the same time to search for a global image. Several features of the local tradition come into play, creating many points of contact between old and new: simple forms and few materials interact with the historical context.
The main entry, an avenue coated in hand-crafted stone resumes the ground of an old path. Passing through two centuries-old cypresses, it guides to several green terraces confined by thin blades made of corten steel and leads to the new veranda.
The veranda, made of steel profiles and glass is a small building extending an old millstone, where they used to process the grape: the addiction interacts with the historical masonry thanks to the corten brownish colour.
It is about the ability to vary or connect the overall building according to season or weather. During the wintertime, its possible to close the building, in the summertime the whole structure can be open, banishing the separation between interior and exterior.