Giulia La Delfa

August houses. The domestic landscape of holiday homes
Coastal settlements in postwar Italian pineta

Tutor: Pierre-Alain Croset
Co-tutor: Gaia Caramellino

This research deals with holiday homes built on the sea coasts in postwar Italy; the work is structured on real biographies of houses: their role in spreading models, rhetoric and trends from the international debate to a local dimension. Through the analysis of three huge settlements of coastal pinete, the research intends to retrace this framework where the house is the theater where the social transformations of that period are staged. The idea is that holiday architecture can provide new information for understanding the contemporary domestic landscape.


Giulia La Delfa is a Turin-based architect and a phd student in Architecture. History and Project at Politecnico di Torino. She has worked as a designer and collaborator in several offices, including Marcante – Testa. She is a co-founder of BTT design platform, since 2016. In 2017 she attended a second level master program in ‘Forms of contemporary living’. She is a partner of Atelier Mobile association since the exhibition ‘999. Domande sull’abitare contemporaneo’ at La Triennale di Milano. She is author and co-author of articles published in international conference proceedings and independent architecture magazine, like San Rocco and Studio mag.


2007 – 2015 / Politecnico di Torino
2017 – 2018 / Università degli Studi di Catania, Università degli studi di Padova
2017 / workshop at Campo Space, Rome
2015 – 2016 / Marcante – Testa, UdA, Turin
2018 – 2019 / Teaching assistance in the domain of architectural design and history, Politecnico di Milano, Milan
2018 / La Triennale di Milano, Milan


Instagram: @giulia.gld

Selected publications

La Delfa G., Suraci N., Tosco C., Dancing around counterculture, in “Studio”, n. 15 – “Pop”, Milano, 2019.
La Delfa G., Geuna A., Suraci N., Go West OMU, in “San Rocco”, n. 14 – “66”, Milano 2018.