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Serpiolle - Terzollina


The owner of this property, whose structure dates back to the second half of the 1800's, trusted us the architectural recovery of the building, requesting its transformation while attempting to maintain the authentic feeling of the surrounding area, the hills of the beautiful Careggi neighborhood. 

Born as a mill (which is the origin of its name), this building was transformed into an artisan production building in the first decades of 1900s. On that occasion it underwent a structural expansion, up to four stories above earth. After being bombarded in 1944 during a RAF attack, it was rebuilt in the early 1950's and used until 1977 for artisan-related activities.
Building before renovation Building before renovation

A breathtaking natural backdrop surrounds the entire structure, which can be accessed after crossing the Terzolle creek, crossing the double-arched 1800's style bridge.

  Conceptual basis

The material which was used in the various phases of the renovation can all be traced back to a Bioclimatic architecture, especially the study of the sun's orientation and path with respect to the construction, for best results.
Transformation phase Transformation phase

The facade, which forms the Terzolle's imbankment, will take on a very "Florentinian" aspect, with the same lacustrian echoes of the residential constructions around Ponte Vecchio. The rear facade is the result of a combination between architecture and painting, echoing Salvador Dalí's "factory"
Transformation phase Transformation phase

The classical wall with its impression of "fullness" was replaced with the spatial "emptiness" of the loggia that runs the whole length of the facade. The elimination of this physical barrier marked a natural invitation to the garden, to look into the entire architectural structure, and the wall that separates the “inside” from the “outside” was made in steel and glass, allowing for human everyday life to melt into the surrounding natural environment. The physical barriers between the interior and the surroundings were eliminated, creating a visual invitation to take part of the natural context.

Rear view View of the loggia Panoramic view View over stream

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