Luxury is not a matter of expensive solutions, but of light and geometries, of sacred meanings and harmonies.

Thomas Allocca


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Ireland and Italy

The first treehouse that I built was in Ireland, upon a 300 years-old ash of Paddy Fogarty, in the village Ballinderry, on Lake Derg, Tipperary County. It was just a terrace, built using waste timber from a building site where I was working for the architect Antony John Murphy of Thurles, but upon that majestic tree, at four meters above the ground level, the sunset was different, the landscape was different, and the effect was exactly the experience of a resort. Intimacy with the tree and the surrounding forest. I was there every night, at the sunset, for months, and after a couple of weeks two giant crows started to stay with me, without any fear. It was just an experiment for fun, but it was the lesson I needed for learning the meaning of "resort" as architecture that makes possible an intimate dialogue with Nature, speaking arboreal language, whispered, not aloud.

After the irish experience I started to design tree-terraces for luxury gardens, tree-houses, tree-resorts, for the Scottish Treehouse Company, for private clients, for prestigious clients such as Umberta Beretta of the Beretta's firearms industries, and for princely families such as Prince Alexander von Liechtenstein and Princess Astrid Kohl, Prince and Duke Sigieri Diaz Della Vittoria Pallavicini of Italy.


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Iceland, Ólafsfjörður

In 2013 I lived and worked in Iceland, both at the village of Borgarfjörður Eystri and at the town of Akureyri. During the day, I was designer and builder, renovating wooden barns, farm houses, town houses. During the long nights without sunset, I was writer. In the isolated village of Borgarfjörður Eystri I wrote a romance. In the town of Akureyri I was all day long, two days a week, in the public library, making research on icelandic medieval archaeology, and in the night I wrote my theories on the building systems of the wooden architecture of the annual viking Thing at Thinvellir. (... text under updating)