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Exterior of Casolare Scarani in Puglia by Studio Andrew Trotter

Dezeen readers name Casolare Scarani best house of 2023

As part of our review of 2023, Dezeen readers have voted Casolare Scarani by Studio Andrew Trotter the best house of 2023.

After more than 500 votes, the renovation of an abandoned 19th-century school in Puglia was the clear winner, with a third of readers picking it from the poll that ran throughout December.

Interior of Casolare Scarani in Puglia by Studio Andrew Trotter
Readers picked Casolare Scarani as this year's best house. Photo by Salva López

Architecture practice Studio Andrew Trotter transformed the school, which was builtin the 1880s and abandoned in the 1960s, into a home that retains many of the original building's features.

It is surrounded by a stone portico that has a vaulted ceiling and these vaults are repeated inside the home, which was finished with tactile surfaces and earth-toned furnishings.

Saltviga House by Kolman Boye Architects
Saltviga House was readers' second favourite house of 2023. Photo by Johan Dehlin

With 18 percent of the vote, Saltviga House in Norway by Kolman Boye Architects was the readers' second favourite home this year.

The low-lying weekend retreat on the Lillesand seafront was covered in distinctive cladding made from oak offcuts that was developed after the studio discovered Danish flooring brand Dinesen had a large volume of leftover wood available for use.

Closely following, with 17 per cent of the vote was O Lofos in Crete by Block722. The stone-covered home was divided into blocks that stagger down its mountainside site.

House in Rua São Francisco de Borja by Bak Gordon Arquitectos, which is clad in handmade tree tiles was the readers' fourth pick, receiving 10 per cent of the vote.

Dezeen review of 2023

2023 review

This article is part of Dezeen's roundup of the biggest and best news and projects in architecture, design, interior design and technology from 2023.