The BRAC bookstore and cafe was conceived in May of 2009 and immediately established itself as a central point in Florence for all those with a passion for contemporary art and cuisine. The formula of a ‘library with a kitchen’, a breath of fresh air in the city, combines the passions of the owners Sacha and Melisa: a chef specialized in vegan and vegetarian cuisine with a love for comics and illustration and a bibliophile with an interest for all contemporary art forms (theatre, dance, cinema, photography).
The house is located on the main floor of a historic building in Florence, redesigned in 1735 by the architects Giovacchino Fortini and Ferdinando Ruggieri for Giuliano Dami, favorite of the Grand Duke Giangastone dè Medici. The project of the Zeno Pucci + Architects studio had as main concept, that of revisiting in a contemporary key this historical dwelling, through the insertion of highly modern furnishing elements and a very minimalist style. The atmosphere can be perceived right from the entrance, where, due to the wall decorations, we are catapulted into a historical space well contrasted by the furnishings present. Here then is the perspective escape of the gallery frescoed by Niccolò Pintucci, which portrays ancient landscapes, shielded by architectural whims, partially covered by a wild vegetation. In the large hall, punctuated by a coffered ceiling of 1400 painted with geometric motifs, the furnishings give a modern style in contrast with the historicity of the room, as in the same dining room. In what was once the family chapel, a small study has now been created, but the atmosphere always brings a very sober and discreet modernity. Even the master bedroom follows the mood of the whole house, like the headboard of the stone bed covered in white leather, and the two modern chairs at the foot of the bed. Movements and atmospheres of a time that design the kitchen, where still the modern blends with the old, with the large sink in gray bardiglio that incorporates the color of contrasting decorations on the walls in pietra serena treated in bold ivory, the sideboard in corten iron and backlit opaque glass.
An iconic urban landmark, but also a sustainable structure for an evolving shopping experience: the new CENTRO*Arezzo Coop.fi frees itself from the conceptual dictates of the traditional shopping mall and acts as a social and recreation pole that is perfectly integrated with the city. Opened in 1988, the complex has undergone a significant aesthetic and functional redevelopment that has completely changed its identity and its relationship with the surrounding environment.
The expansion of Finisterrae was an opportunity to add a significant stage in the imaginary journey already offered by the current restaurant: Malaga, Tangier, Marseille, Thessaloniki, Naples donating to Florence a stylish tribute to italian style and art.
Inside of the historical palace “Tornaquinci della Stufa” in Florence was opened the new flagship store Renascentia, brand specialized in the sale of handicraft products such as handbags, shoes and jewelry. The Giraldi Associates Architects studio has created the concept of the space confronting with an inner architecture constrained by the architectural heritage Authority.
Villa Fagan is a building in Florence, located in Viale Antonio Gramsci, surrounded by a beautiful garden where you can also find an annex. It occupies an area of about 1600 square metres and is one of the most significant pieces of residential architecture in the neighbourhood built in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
Architect Silvia Allori renewed an apartment designed in the 70s by a Florentine architect, who thought of a space on a human scale in every single detail. The white laminate is predominant, and it has been used playfully on the walls of the living room to hide cabinets, a table, neon lights and plasters, which are never exposed.
An urban, intangible and soft landscape, which is one with the performance, is the environment defined by the exhibit of Migliore+Servetto Architects for the launch of Ermenegildo Zegna’s new collection at Pitti Immagine Uomo 2014.
The new Museum of the Twentieth Century (Museo Novecento), dedicated to Italian art of the twentieth century, is housed in the old Hospital of San Paolo in Piazza Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy. Avatar Architettura was responsible for the museographic and exhibition design of the Museo Novecento. The project defines the museum setting as a suspended space. Visitors come upon it through lively devices for spatial meditation which, placed at the start of the exhibition path, on the first floor of the cloister, introduce them to contemporary experiences and artistic research. While the entrance is characterized by a clearly recognizable architectural solution, Avatar Architettura created the rest of the path as a sort of “suspended space.” More neutral, but physically present and material, the setup of the rooms starts with the metallic floor and continues in the panels that emerge from the walls in some of the rooms.
Santo Spirito apartment, located in Florence, consists essentially of two rooms: the living room and its mezzanine with double bedroom and the dining room and its little mezzanine with single room.
The project was conceived and structured entirely around a matrix of 6,5 cm that affects all three dimensions: in this way, a “tri dimensional space” is created, whose perception changes according to the point of view.