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Environments

These ancient houses are in perfect harmony with the untamed nature that surrounds them. In restoring them you should be careful not to disturb this age-old harmony.

In my opinion, the key to the interpretation of a dammuso house lies in simplicity and modesty. You should import as few as possible of the elements which donít belong to this world consisting only of the essential, while maintaining a close contact with nature. Nature, by the way, is here often perceived as hostile because of the strong winds and the scorching sun.

The dammuso houses are perfect as they stand. The thick walls isolate and protect from the wind, and the cupolas provide excellent air circulation, which keeps the houses always cool. The only thing you may do today (apart from supplying basic conveniences like bathrooms, electricity, heating etc.) is to allow for more natural light inside, using glass doors or increasing the number of windows.