EX ALBERGO ARNETOLI
San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy, 2010
A 17th century building, formerly a hotel, in the historic centre of San Giovanni Valdarno in Italy, was converted into self-contained flats in 2007. And in 2009 the client asked FPA to design their top floor flat with stunning views across the old town centre. With the circulation space reduced to the minimum, built-in storage is neatly scattered around to maximise the use of the space and a monochrome palette of materials – white-stained timber floor, lime-washed terracotta tiles and oak beams, spray-lacquered furniture and doors, leather sofas and chairs – creates a harmonious monochromatic home where all the elements participate to establish a congruous sense of unity. Luminaires are cleverly arranged to enhance the high ceilinged rooms, and a contemporary white Murano glass chandelier completes the Living Area. The bedroom incorporates a gallery that the client uses as a studio.