La Dimora Di Matello

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Basilicata, Italy
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An ancient, limestone grotto in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera has been transformed into a chic boutique hotel.

The city of Matera in Southern Italy is known as la Città Sotterranea, or the Subterranean City, and for good reason—inhabited since the 10th millennium B.C., its historical center is made up of a series of limestone caves. This area, known as Sassi, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

With the goal of creating a dialogue with the context and history of these caves, architects Marina and Alfredo of local firm Manca Studio redesigned and refreshed the interiors of a subterranean house and transformed it into a sleek, four-room hotel and spa named La Dimora di Matello.

Modern home with Bedroom, Floor Lighting, Night Stands, Table Lighting, Bed, Chair, and Terrazzo Floor. The plaster was added to sections where the masonry was compromised. Photo  of La Dimora Di MatelloView Photos

The plaster was added to sections where the masonry was compromised.

Modern home with Exterior and Stone Siding Material. The “Sassi” of the Southern Italian UNESCO World Heritage City of Matera are ancient cave dwellings dug out of the region’s limestone rock, which have been used by humans from as far back as 7000 BC. Photo 2 of La Dimora Di MatelloView Photos

The “Sassi” of the Southern Italian UNESCO World Heritage City of Matera are ancient cave dwellings dug out of the region’s limestone rock, which have been used by humans from as far back as 7000 BC.

Modern home with Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, and Front Yard. The limestone rock is known locally as “tufo” of tuff. Photo 3 of La Dimora Di MatelloView Photos

The limestone rock is known locally as “tufo” of tuff.

Modern home with Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, Front Yard, and Horizontal Fences, Wall. In some parts of the ancient city, the streets run above these subterranean cave homes. Photo 4 of La Dimora Di MatelloView Photos

In some parts of the ancient city, the streets run above these subterranean cave homes.

Modern home with Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Front Yard, and Stone Patio, Porch, Deck. In Sasso Barisano, one of the two Sassi districts in Matera, just off a historical street called Via Fiorenti is La Dimora di Matella – which translates to “The house of Metellus” – a cave house that has been transformed into an atmospheric, four-room hotel and spa that beautifully melds modern design with history and nature. Photo 5 of La Dimora Di MatelloView Photos

In Sasso Barisano, one of the two Sassi districts in Matera, just off a historical street called Via Fiorenti is La Dimora di Matella – which translates to “The house of Metellus” – a cave house that has been transformed into an atmospheric, four-room hotel and spa that beautifully melds modern design with history and nature.

Modern home with Dining Room, Wall Lighting, Terrazzo Floor, Table, Chair, and Pendant Lighting. “All spaces, both internal and external, were restored and designed to accommodate all the new features of the hotel with harmony and comfort,” says Marina. Photo 6 of La Dimora Di MatelloView Photos

“All spaces, both internal and external, were restored and designed to accommodate all the new features of the hotel with harmony and comfort,” says Marina.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Pendant Lighting, Terrazzo Floor, and Table. Manca Studio hired skilled workers with experience in historical restoration to recover the cave dwellings and repurposes the chambers into comfortable and elegant public areas and four intimate and romantic suites. Photo 7 of La Dimora Di MatelloView Photos

Manca Studio hired skilled workers with experience in historical restoration to recover the cave dwellings and repurposes the chambers into comfortable and elegant public areas and four intimate and romantic suites.

Modern home with Hallway and Terrazzo Floor. The single-level hotel and spa is spread across 3,229-square-feet, and includes a reception hall, a spa, and four bedrooms that all have access to an outdoor terrace. Photo 8 of La Dimora Di MatelloView Photos

The single-level hotel and spa is spread across 3,229-square-feet, and includes a reception hall, a spa, and four bedrooms that all have access to an outdoor terrace.

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Pendant Lighting, Chair, and Terrazzo Floor. Light oak wood furniture, Corten-steel details, and neutral toned textiles bring modernity and warmth into the cloistered interiors. Photo 9 of La Dimora Di MatelloView Photos

Light oak wood furniture, Corten-steel details, and neutral toned textiles bring modernity and warmth into the cloistered interiors.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Wall Lighting, and Terrazzo Floor. All four guestrooms look like natural grottos with ceilings as high as 15-feet. Photo 10 of La Dimora Di MatelloView Photos

All four guestrooms look like natural grottos with ceilings as high as 15-feet.

Modern home with Bath Room, Pedestal Sink, Freestanding Tub, Stone Slab Wall, Terrazzo Floor, and Wall Lighting. The spaces are engulfed in tuff and sections of plastered perimeter walls. Photo 11 of La Dimora Di MatelloView Photos

The spaces are engulfed in tuff and sections of plastered perimeter walls.

Modern home with Bedroom, Night Stands, Bed, Pendant Lighting, and Terrazzo Floor. The hotel was conceived as a box that contains layers of the past and expressed the roots of its unique heritage site. Photo 12 of La Dimora Di MatelloView Photos

The hotel was conceived as a box that contains layers of the past and expressed the roots of its unique heritage site.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Night Stands, Floor Lighting, Terrazzo Floor, Lamps, and Chair. Minimal furnishing conveys an aesthetic that is neutral and linear Photo 13 of La Dimora Di MatelloView Photos

Minimal furnishing conveys an aesthetic that is neutral and linear

Modern home with Dining Room, Pendant Lighting, Chair, Terrazzo Floor, and Table. This minimalism highlights the curves and textures of the cave walls and ceilings. Photo 14 of La Dimora Di MatelloView Photos

This minimalism highlights the curves and textures of the cave walls and ceilings.

Modern home with Bath Room, Open Shower, and Light Hardwood Floor. The result of Manca Studio’s precise and careful restoration is a space that balances lightness and modernity with the gravitas of ancient history. Photo 15 of La Dimora Di MatelloView Photos

The result of Manca Studio’s precise and careful restoration is a space that balances lightness and modernity with the gravitas of ancient history.

Floor plan drawing Photo 16 of La Dimora Di Matello modern homeView Photos

Floor plan drawing

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  • Manca Studio
Builder
  • Giovelo s.r.l.
Photographer
  • Pierangelo Laterza

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