La Dimora di Metello Hotel, Manca Studio, cave dwellings, Italy, cave hotel, UNESCO World Heritage site, plaster, plaster walls, wood, green architecture, green renovation

The architects designed four new suites, a common area and a spa for the La Dimora di Metello Hotel in Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Southern Italy. They added new walls and luxury hotel amenities to the existing configuration of dwellings that date back to the Paleolithic era. Tuff, a light porous volcanic rock, and plaster were used to recreate the earthy feel, complementing the cave walls’ existing texture.

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La Dimora di Metello Hotel, Manca Studio, cave dwellings, Italy, cave hotel, UNESCO World Heritage site, plaster, plaster walls, wood, green architecture, green renovation

Details made of wood, neutral fabrics and subtle lighting fixtures make the spaces look and feel luxurious and modern. This mix marries the traditional and the contemporary, providing an exclusive space that has become a real tourist attraction.

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Photos by Pierangelo Laterza