Fontesecca
Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Pendant LampKARMAN Srl
ArmchairB&B Italia
Armchair, Wooden ChairMiniforms
CLARETTA | Chair, Sergia
Desk ChairEMU Group S.p.A.
Bahama
LampGervasoni
Sweet 95
CookerILVE Appliances
M09N

Product Spec Sheet
Pendant Lamp
Armchair
Armchair, Wooden Chair
CLARETTA | Chair, Sergia by Miniforms
Desk Chair
Bahama by EMU Group S.p.A.
Lamp
Sweet 95 by Gervasoni
Cooker
M09N by ILVE Appliances

Fontesecca

Special Umbria as Architects

With its warm materials and cool design, Fontesecca is a modern interpretation of a traditional Umbrian farmhouse. Brought to life by the design team at Special Umbria, the project was completed in July 2022.

photo_credit Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory
Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory

Fontesecca is a 350sqm villa that has been built on the site of a derelict farmhouse, from which as many materials as possible were repurposed for the new building. The house’s unique location,tucked into the hills just five minutes from Città della Pieve, offers picture-book views towards the pretty hilltop town, a valley on one side, the Val di Chiana the other, and Tuscany beyond.

photo_credit Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory
Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory

The property is built over three floors: four bedrooms on the first floor; kitchen, dining and living space, as well as a further double, on the ground floor; and a TV room on the lower-ground floor.

photo_credit Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory
Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory
photo_credit Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory
Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory

The modern farmhouse aesthetic is a tactile mix of materials and a fanfare of soft lines creating a delightful interplay between circular shapes, such as the dining table, and more linear angles, such as the smooth resin stairs.

photo_credit Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory
Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory
photo_credit Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory
Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory

Outside, there is a stunning 13m x 4m heated pool with views to match, and a path that leads through the trees to a centuries-old, original wine cellar that has been transformed into a cantina. The indoor/outdoor kitchen and pizza oven enable guests to cook here, and they can dine at a long table shaded by a pergola, with the same hypnotic views beyond. 

photo_credit Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory
Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory
photo_credit Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory
Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory

We have choosen the original materials and almost all materials of the building we had to take down. The current building is a new construction.

photo_credit Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory
Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory

Team:
Architects: Special Umbria: Rob Landeweerd and Domenico Casamassima
Photographer: Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory

photo_credit Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory
Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory

Materials used:
Facade cladding: Natural stone exposed walls
Flooring: Handmade terracotta tiles flooring combined with resin and sicilian hand made cementine tiles in bathrooms
Doors: Made by local carpenter
Windows: Wood hand made by local carpenter
Roofing:  Old reclaimed cotto tiles
Interior lighting: Different brands like gervasoni, davide grippo
Interior furniture: a lot of hand made furniture combined with B&B Italia (husk),
Miniforms, fratelli levaggi, but also KAVE home

photo_credit Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory
Alessandro Zaccaro of FancyFactory

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