Masseria Moroseta was designed by Andrew Trotter over a three year process to delve into the heart of Pugliese traditions of construction and building. Owner, Carlo Lanzini, wanted a modern building that wouldn’t feel out of place amongst the olive trees. A study was made of masserie in the area and their comparison to modern, minimal architecture in simplicity and the use of local materials. The end result is a piece of modern architecture that fits perfectly into the region and belongs to the ground that it sits upon. This is a modern day farm grounded in history.
The masseria entrance is the only opening in the frontal wall, a stronghold toward “the enemies”, that gives no suggestion as to what is beyond. Once inside, the masseria is built around the courtyard. There are three rooms on either side which, in the old days, would have been the stables. The living quarters are in front, divided by a central staircase to the roof. As you approach the large windowed entrance to the living room, you glimpse on the left your first sights of the olive trees, pool and the sea beyond.
Traditional use of the local sandstone tufo has been utilised throughout. Each room has a vaulted ceiling and 80 cm thick walls to keep the building cool, even when it is 40oC outside. The rooms to the left have high-walled private gardens filled with orange trees, while the rooms to the right have private terraces with views across the olive grove. Dry stone walls elevate the building to catch the breeze and more of the view to the sea, while creating space below to hold the spa, gym and services. All stones were recycled from the land during the excavation of the building.
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Andrew Trotter studied interior design in Australia between 1990–94 before returning to the UK. After a short period working for Alessi and London Lighting, he joined Anouska Hemple Designs, working under Russell Jones. In fashion he has worked with Yohji Yamamoto, the Michiko Koshino, and Bless.
Andrew started the Openhouse concept first as a design store in Barcelona in 2010 and then, together with Mari Luz Vidal, by opening their house as a gallery of contemporary photography. Openhouse Magazine began in 2014 to explore creative people around the world who open their homes and private places to the public. The magazine is published twice a year and sold in over 600 stores worldwide. Andrew is also the creative director of skincare brand Alex Carro, and leads the creative direction for many other brand shootings.
Masseria Moroseta is Andrew’s first piece of architecture and, since its opening, he has begun more architectural projects, along with designs for lighting and furniture.
Andrew Trotter lives and works between Spain and Italy.