Kaldewei: ruined monastery is restored to life
From their terrace, Giovanni and Janine, the owners of the
restored monastery, can let their eyes wander across the mountainside
vineyards, olive groves and lemon trees, across the “lower town” of Naples to
Vesuvius, the harbour and the Gulf of Naples as far as the island of Capri. In
the midst of this unique landscape, on Vormero Hill, Giovanni and Janine have
turned their dream home into reality.
In the midst of this unique landscape, on Vormero Hill,
Giovanni and Janine have turned their dream home into reality. They bought a
ruined 14th century monastery, completely restored it and fitted it out with a
stylish mix of modern and a timeless design. For the bathroom and guest WC, the
couple chose Kaldewei’s steel enamel bathroom solutions that connect the
historical and modern in a very unique way.
Character of the monastery ruin is retained
However, the dream of living in a former monastery ruin
could only be turned into reality after an extensive examination of the terms
of the preservation order and establishing that the monastery had indeed been
used as a residential property in the past. The strict provisions of the
preservation order, for instance, specified that the same materials used to
build the monastery around 700 years ago, such as chalk and regional sandstone,
also had to be used for the restoration - no cement was used at all.
Since the couple wanted to retain the character of the monastery ruin, the interior planning corresponded with those wishes:
restrained and respectful of the ruin’s history. To help them implement their
ideas, Giovanni and Janine called in the architect Antonio Gravagnuolo, who
specialises in listed projects, and the German interior designer Stephan Pöppelmann.
Kaldewei bathroom solutions: perfect match between product and room design
In fitting out the spacious bathroom, the designer was
inspired by the former monastery’s distinctive vaulting. So it was opted for
the Meisterstück Classic Duo Oval bathtub from Kaldewei. With its seamless
panelling, the bath, made of elegant steel enamel, is the classic archetype of
the freestanding bath. The Centro countertop washbasin with its spacious
surround, designed by Anke Salomon, also exudes a sense of purity and simple
elegance. “Naturally, we
were impressed by Kaldewei’s natural and classical yet modern shapes. Since we had a round-arched ceiling in the bathroom, we wanted
to pick up on that shape with the bathtub and the washbasin. That’s why we
decided on the Centro countertop washbasin, whose interior echoes the rounded
shape, and the Meisterstück Classic Duo Oval bath,” says Janine, explaining the
decision behind their choice.
The Kaldewei trinity in the bathroom was completed with the
floor-level Scona shower in a restrained Pearl Grey matt. This shower surface
fits harmoniously into the colourfully tiled floor, while the round,
centrally-positioned waste cover made of steel enamel also picks up on the
round-arch shape. The space-saving wall-hung Cono washbasin works well in the
guest WC. The characteristic design element of this rectangular washbasin is
the square waste cover which is also enamelled. “With the Kaldewei steel enamel
bathroom solutions we have created a Perfect Match between product and room
architecture,” says Stephan Pöppelmann.