A 15th Century Croatian House Transforms into an Extraordinary Island Getaway

On a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, architect Antonio Zaninovic, designer Lucien Rees Roberts, and landscape architect David Kelly repurposed 15th-century ruins into a contemporary retreat complete with pool. Photography by Scott Frances, courtesy of Otto.

The landscape is distinguished by a silver-green palette that plays nicely off the limestone structures. Photography by Scott Frances, courtesy of Otto.

The darker area on the kitchen’s far wall was purposefully left as is to show where the flue from the original smoking oven was located; in the adjacent dining area, a 1960s Danish armchair sits beside a lacquered console featuring walnut drawer fronts. Photography by Scott Frances, courtesy of Otto.

Vintage dining chairs from Provence with woven-rope seats surround a custom design modeled on an old Italian farm table. Photography by Scott Frances, courtesy of Otto.

An Overman chair and a cerused-oak side table—both dating from the mid-century—are among the furnishings gathered on the living room’s Moroccan-made wool rug. Photography by Scott Frances, courtesy of Otto.

A view past a plaster table lamp to the living room fireplace; the new ceiling is made of hand-hewn oak stained to look antique. Photography by Scott Frances, courtesy of Otto.

Saarinen lounge chairs stand on a new terrace with a front-row view of the Adriatic. Photography by Scott Frances, courtesy of Otto.

The master suite features a custom credenza and matching storage unit with white oak frames; the suede campaign chair is 1960s Swedish design. Photography by Scott Frances, courtesy of Otto.

A bamboo-roofed pergola added to the main building provides shade until grapevines take over. Photography by Scott Frances, courtesy of Otto.

Separate from the main structure, the guest house was built of salvaged limestone; a 1960s Italian lamp sits on an early-19th-century desk. Photography by Scott Frances, courtesy of Otto.

In a powder room, an old limestone cistern was transformed into a basin; the vintage terra-cotta floor tile was handmade in Umbria, Italy. Photography by Scott Frances, courtesy of Otto.

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