The project, entrusted to the Cantone Ortoleva architecture firm with Giuseppe Motta, involved the construction of a swimming pool between a long-established palm grove and a garden of orange trees on the Catania plain. The palm grove leads through an Italian-style garden to the swimming pool, protected by a perimeter wall, while the door leads onto the surrounding farmland. The space designed thus links the memory of an ancient land worked by the local countryfolk with an architecture into which nature bursts exuberantly through the openings in the perimeter wall and is reflected on the surface of the water.
The clean, sharply defined lines of the appealing design engage in a continual, silent dialogue with the surrounding nature, coming close to revealing the mysterious beauty of Luis Barragan’s architectural rigour.
The 60x60 cm Pietra Baugè Bianca porcelain stoneware tiles, with their sensual, material tactile quality, are used from the paving to the inside of the swimming pool, blending smoothly with the surrounding nature, bringing on board the colours of the earth and slotting into the landscape as an integral part of it.