Lenzi + Baglini Architetti architects transformed a 16th-century Italian farmhouse into a beautiful contemporary home without compromising the building’s historic charm. Set atop a hill in the heart of Siena’s Chianti region in Tuscany, this adaptive reuse project preserves the traditional rural architecture on the outside, but hides surprisingly modern spaces in the interior.
The renovated farmhouse on the Chianti Hills overlooks vineyards and woodland through new cutouts and apertures in the original stone masonry. The home’s two floors follow the natural topography of the hill, with the two levels connected via a floating staircase. The bedrooms are placed on the ground floor while select communal and work areas are on the first floor to take in elevated landscape views.
A square-shaped tower with an elegant spiral staircase occupies the heart of the home and connects the ground-floor master bedroom with the living room and private studio located in the attic. White surfaces, including the white chalk-stained vaulted ceiling, reflect light to give the interior a bright and airy appearance. Hardwood floors are used throughout the home. Custom furnishings decorate the rooms.
Images by Massimiliano Orazi