Sikelia is a luxury retreat, created from an ancient dammuso – a original timeless stone habitation – on the Italian island of Pantelleria. The interior design was created from a complicity and understanding between Giulia and Katherina Pazienza Gelmetti, who share a taste for simple elegance, firmly integrated with the natural way of life of the island. High quality fabrics, metals, concrete and glass underpin the design within the ancient dammusi. In addition, renowned artist Gennaro Avallone’s paintings, pieces of furniture and decorative objects have also been introduced to the communal spaces as well as all suites. The design details, the choice of materials and the architectural languages were handled by two young engineers, Francesco Alessandrelli and Katherina Pazienza Gelmetti, who integrated technical aspects with formal research.