Italian architect Alberto Ponis worked in London with Erno Goldfinger and Denys Lasdun in the early 60s, under the influence of modernism and new brutalism then dominant in British architecture (he assisted Lasdun on the building of the Royal National Theatre).
When he came back to Italy, he concentrated his work in the rocky coastal landscape of northern Sardinia, where he has lived and worked since 1964. With a career of over 50 years, he built 300 buildings there, many of them summer homes, recognised as a major body of work.
Each house is deeply rooted in its environment and connected with the land by the “sentiero”, the path leading to and from it. His simple and sensitive designs are inconceivable without the Sardinian landscape, merging naturally with nature, overlooking the sea.