Un bellissimo luogo da visitare!
The caves, or sassi, in the village of Matera, Italy are a series of dwellings carved into the stone face of the hill on which Matera is perched. These wonders had been long abandoned but their legacy has been passed down through generations. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the sassi were scored out of the rocks to satisfy the basic survival needs of local agrarians. What Daniele Kihlgren found upon entering were beautifully carved arches in heavily pocked stone walls and floors covered in rubble. He took on the project with unparalleled sensitivity, not only preserving the original spaces, but renovating with traditional, local tools and construction materials. As the furnishing was minimal, additions have been made mostly along the cave walls of the rooms. In this way they are subtly integrated into the structure. Contemporary amenities were added only were necessary and when they could be invisibly incorporated.
Sextantio Le Grotte Della’s eighteen rooms are spacious and as hidden under powerful archways as they are open and full of light. Facing the dramatic backdrop of the Park of the Murgia and its gorgeous rock-hewn churches, each is individualized according to its existing architectural frame. Using indigenous materials to create seating, beds, light fixtures, bathing areas, and kitchenettes in some rooms, Kihlgren has composed an accommodation experience that is entirely unique. The elegant arches over pocked stone walls and the heavy wooden portals present in the rooms and common area are distinct markers and monuments to the preservation of civilizations long gone.
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