situation plan architecture renovation and refurbishment of farmstead Tuscany NOIA
exterior facade architecture renovation and refurbishment of farmstead Tuscany NOIA
plan 2 architecture renovation farmstead in Tuscany hills NOIA
plan 1 architecture renovation farmstead in Tuscany hills NOIA
interior view 02 architecture renovation and refurbishment of farmstead Tuscany NOIA
interior view 01 architecture renovation and refurbishment of farmstead Tuscany NOIA

An Attempt of Continuity

Carmignano, Italy
Private Commission, 2018


Various factors lead to a return to live within rural areas, which have been long abandoned and now are attractive again. This process affects not only the territory, due to commuting and dormitory transformation of neighborhoods, but also on the recovery of existing buildings.

Renovations take place in case of profitability, whenever the division of big dwelling into small apartments becomes possible. Mostly those conditions lead to a radical transformation to fit standards and economic convenience.

Saint Jerome in his Study. Antonello da Messina

Usually, the windows need to get broadened to reach the modern standard of air-illuminating conditions, and the original spacious interiors are divided into small spaces and corridors to guarantee the privacy and to maximize the number of rooms.

The project aims at defining a strategy of recover of historical buildings through delicate and reversible interventions. Rebuilding these buildings without erasing their qualities can generate a new density to make them more sustainable.

For example, the Tuscan farmstead used to be inhabited by large families. Density was a necessity and a fact. On the other hand, the current request for small apartments could match the condition of rural dwellings through reversible transformations of the pre-modern structure.

Saint Jerome in his Study. Hendrick van Steenwyck II,

The proposal intends to suggest a new rural density by dividing an existing farmstead into five apartments, with independent access and the farmyard in common. The disposition of the units permits an easy merger to accommodate different necessities with the minimum transformation.

The re-use of the dwelling takes place through the reactivation of the pre-modern arrangement of rooms without corridors. The addition of services and partitions takes place through a device in-between architecture and furniture, in order not to compromise the structure of space. The alterations are limited and condensed like small cabinets, visibly grafted, and removable.

Tea Party. Bas Jan Ader

Therefore, the intervention aims to be almost nothing besides maintenance and furnishing to permit density and to preserve rural, even picturesque, features.

The presence of room-furnishings such as cabinets not only combines with the reversibility of the interventions but also coincides with the current needs to use spaces flexibly and temporarily. The sequence of small anecdotal interventions represents a conversation of remarkable details.