Photography: Adrian Guat
11 / 01 / 2021
“Questa casa non è un albergo” (This house is not a hotel). This statement, which also doubles as an installation occupying one of the walls of Palazzo Daniele, reminds us that this boutique hotel located in Gagliano del Capo, in southern Italy, was designed to provide an experience. Ludovica and Roberto Palomba (Palomba Serafini Associati), the architects responsible for transforming this 19th century aristocratic building, emphasise the idea, acknowledging that “it was paramount to design the experience above all”.
The building that unfolds in courtyards is also home to a permanent art collection and another one in continuous evolution, which is why “it was designed to highlight the sense of absence that encourages artists to create new works”. Being at Palazzo Daniele is like living in a macro-scale studio, “where studios, rooms and common areas intersect and vanish according to the artists’ needs”.
Where the ancestral and the ultra-modern cohabit, the ceilings and walls that maintain their original paintings blend with the bare walls and minimalist furniture to provide the setting for works of art and installations.