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Modernist Crafted Vacation House

The architect Amelia Tavella was commissioned to transform a rundown house from the 1950s into a modern vacation spot in her native Corsica. The Casa Santa Teresa is located directly on the sea and offers a wonderful view of the Gulf of Ajaccio, which Tavella has elegantly framed throughout the house. The property combines modernist purity with well-crafted natural materials and embodies the essence of summer living.

The whitewashed building consists of four floors, with the lower two housing the living areas and the upper two the private areas. It faces the sea, with the interiors opening out through a series of terraces and balconies.

On the ground floor there is a paved courtyard at the rear of the house, which is lined with lush vegetation, consisting of a shaded outdoor dining area and a sun-drenched pool deck just steps from the beach. The spacious living area on the first floor with a view of the terrace and the pool opens onto a spacious terrace that is subtly delimited by a rope balustrade. Built-in seating, graceful archways and arched niches separate the light-flooded room into living, dining and working areas without affecting the open configuration, while three pivoting glass doors elegantly allow a wide view.

The muted, all-white interior is complemented by a sparse selection of furniture made from natural materials, such as wooden tables, cane chairs, and wicker lights, while striped orange and blue cushions add pops of color. The same combination of white surfaces and natural materials continues in the private rooms on the two upper floors. The five bedrooms are accessible via a wooden staircase and offer sea views. The master bedroom has its own terrace.

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