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hanks to an attentive renovation that combines the antique with the modern, this historic property in Tuscany recovered all of its original beauty. Located at the top of a gentle hill in the Chianti region, along the road that connects Siena to Arezzo, this farm has risen from the ashes thanks to its new owners, who recognised its potential right away. It was love at first sight and soon the project was identified by one concept: to blend traditional Tuscan architecture with contemporary design.

 

The new opening that leads from the entrance to the dining area

The new opening that leads from the entrance to the dining area, furnished with traditional pieces. In this exposed stone wall, great attention has been paid to the finish around the door frame.

 

The authenticity of the materials has played a crucial role. The walls, whether stone or masonry, have been restored and left exposed. This was no small feat, especially if you take into account the wiring that had to be covered by tracks.
The floor is in terracotta tiles from Tuscany, handmade according to the local tradition. Several of the pieces of furniture are an authentic example of rural simplicity, whereas the new kitchen is a clearly more refined space, in which modern design contrasts with the traditional architecture.

 

The countertop is in local Travertine limestone.

In the kitchen, an unexpected colour contrast with the traditional space. The countertop is in local Travertine limestone.

 

With two small windows, the kitchen is an ultra-functional workspace, solely set aside for food preparation. Different colours and materials stress the juxtaposition between the old and the new: the countertops in Travertine limestone, the central island with an integrated hob in brass and the purple kitchen cabinets at either side. The same contrast continues in the bathrooms and bedrooms. The colours, in delicate shades of sky-blue and pink, are enhanced by the lighting, designed in partnership with the experts at Chelli Progetto Luce, who worked on energy efficiency too.

 

Chestnut wood, travertine limestone and colours made from natural pigments.

In the bedrooms, a mix of different materials and soft hues. Chestnut wood, travertine limestone and colours made from natural pigments.

The delicate hues and modern design of the bathrooms in the farm

The delicate hues and modern design of the bathrooms are naturally integrated in the rural structure of the farmhouse.

The swimming pool is an integral part of the surrounding landscape, additional confirmation of the guiding principle of the entire project. With its wall in Travertine limestone and the surrounding lawn, it resembles more a tank for collecting rain water than the luxurious swimming pool of a large villa.

Infinity pool, for a wonderful holiday on the hills of Tuscany

Infinity pool, for a wonderful holiday on the hills of a region known for its art, local cuisine and great wine.

 

By looking at it now, you would think that there has always been life here. Respectful of the local vernacular tradition, the renovation project includes subtle modern additions and special attention has been paid to the authenticity of materials, colour pigmentation included. The result is a choral harmony that fascinates and radiates serenity, just like the enchanting landscape of the surrounding Chianti region.

 

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Design project

Renovation of a country estate
Location:
Tuscany, Italy

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Chelli Progetto Luce

Via Lisbona, 37, Pontassieve (FI) Italy
Tel: 0039 055 83 23 246
Email: info@chellisrl.it
www.chellisrl.com

Architectural project, interior design and outdoors
Varley Architektur GmbH
Bern-Liebefeld, Svizzera
www.varleyarchitektur.ch/de

Photos:
Courtesy Chelli Progetto Luce

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