Old barn becomes young architect’s budget, elegant home-studio

September 9, 2019 john 20 64630 17:16

Alfredo Vanotti wanted to recover the old barn his grandfather had built 100 years ago in his village’s now-abandoned town center. Working on a tight budget and mostly his, and his father’s, labor, he began to turn the former cow stable and hay loft into a modern classic home for himself and his daughter, and…

Restoring a medieval tower house near Sparta as life project

February 18, 2019 john 20 50169 28:51

In 1984 when Kostas Zouvelos and his fiancé saw a for sale sign on a crumbling early 19th-century fortified tower on Greece’s Mani Peninsula, they decided to buy it and choose later what to do with it. Fortified towers are ubiquitous across Mani (Peloponnese) where a history of small – often just several family- settlements,…