Casale Mirari: Reviving Traditional Italian Countryside

Crafted with a modern, yet timeless vision, the Casale Mirari residence in Ragusa, Italy, showcases the exceptional design prowess of DFG Architetti Associati. This luxurious contemporary home seamlessly blends traditional Sicilian architecture with cutting-edge amenities, creating a harmonious oasis amidst the rolling Iblean countryside. Featuring an expansive, panoramic kitchen and dining area, the property’s thoughtful conversion has breathed new life into a once-neglected gem, preserving the rich heritage of the region.

A stone-built residence with a tiled roof, balcony, and paved walkway leading to the entrance.
A spacious, open-plan living space with a dramatic wood-beamed ceiling, large windows, and a mix of natural materials.
Rustic stone walls, exposed wooden beams, and a modern wood dining table with chairs.
Rustic modern interior with wooden beams, stone walls, and panoramic views.
Rustic dining room with stone wall, wooden beam ceiling, and large window overlooking nature.
A spacious, contemporary living room with stone walls, large windows, and an open floor plan.
Modern, minimalist kitchen and dining area with large windows offering sweeping views.
A modern, minimalist kitchen with a wooden ceiling, muted colors, and a large window.
Rustic stone bedroom with wooden furnishings, large window, and minimalist decor.
Minimalist bedroom with rustic wooden beams, textured walls, and modern furnishings.
Minimalist bathroom design with neutral tones, round mirror, and wood accents.
Rustic bathroom with stone walls, wooden ceiling, and modern vessel sink.
A rustic bathroom with stone walls, wooden ceiling, and large window overlooking the outdoors.
Spacious modern villa balcony with panoramic countryside view, chaise lounge, and metal furniture.
An impressive stone-walled structure with a balcony overlooking a scenic vista, featuring minimalist outdoor furnishings.
A modern stone villa with a pool, balcony, and lush landscaping against a forested backdrop.

About Casale Mirari

Nestled amidst the rolling hills of the Iblea countryside, Casale Mirari emerges with captivating austerity, overlooking the boundless rural landscape to the sea. Moreover, the restoration of this historic structure has breathed new life into a gem of the Ragusa region, rescuing it from the brink of abandonment.

Blending Tradition and Contemporary Elegance

Formerly, some of the building’s majestic environments have now been transformed into a luxurious contemporary residence, artfully balancing the property’s traditional heritage and the small but significant history of its location. Notably, the transverse wing has been entirely emptied to accommodate an impressive panoramic kitchen and dining area, dominated by a raised study.

Architectural Elegance and Natural Vistas

From this vantage point, one can admire the building’s tectonic elegance, crowned by the floating wooden trusses that seem to levitate above the walls. Moreover, the large glass window that has replaced the characteristic gabled facade allows the gaze to stretch for miles across the eastern flank of the Iblea plateau, dotted with olive and carob trees and punctuated by rocky outcrops.

Material Harmony and Refined Lighting

Carefully curated materials, including wood, stone, and iron, drawn from the local building tradition and reinterpreted in a contemporary manner, define each space. Furthermore, the delicate use of light caresses the surfaces and their diverse textures, elevating the overall ambiance.

Blurring the Lines Between Land and Sea

Notably, the infinity pool appears suspended between earth and sky. When swimming, one becomes seamlessly integrated with the distant Mediterranean sea, even though it lies kilometers away.

Overall, Casale Mirari is a remarkable project that harmoniously blends the property’s historic essence with a modern, luxurious design sensibility. This unique fusion of tradition and contemporary elegance creates a truly captivating living experience within the enchanting Iblea countryside.

Photography courtesy of DFG Architetti Associati
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- by Matt Watts