Extreme Before & After: Santo Stefano di Sessanio

Studio Associato di Zio-di Clemente was hired by Hotel Sextantio to restore the village and landscape of the Italian "ghost town" of Santo Stefano di Sessanio (near L'Aquila). The result is a collection of incomparable accommodations that are both simple and rustic, restored with the utmost authenticity of craft in mind:

We love the materials, simple furnishings, and surprising contemporary bathrooms blended expertly into the old village's spaces. The project, in fact, was completed so sensitively that in 2008 it was awarded a conservation prize by Italy's Premio Architettura Sostenibile.

It's amazing to identify in the before images things like masonry openings and quality of light that are so inherent to the spaces that they remain after restoration. See much more of the rooms and info on booking at Hotel Sextantio.

Images: via Premio Architettura Sostenibile

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.