Claudio Silvestrin Architects have recently completed the restoration of the Castle of Rocca Sinibalda, in the province of Rieti, Italy.
The original castle dates back to the 12th century, occupying an area of 30,000 square feet and was turned into a magnificent fortress during the late Renaissance.
The architect’s goal was to transform it into a contemporary residence with guest rooms and large exhibition space for an important art collection, in timeless elegance. The intervention approach had to be “invisible”, the castle should seem at first glance as it has never been touched, or as Claudio Silvestrin calls it: the minimalness of the ' I '.
The project has won the prestigious award “The International Architecture Award 2014” of Chicago Athenaeum – Museum of Architecture and Design for its excellence.
Photography © Giulia Ricagni | Courtesy of Claudio Silvestrin Architects
Description from Claudio Silvestrin Architects:
Castle of Rocca Sinibalda
Occupying an area of 30,000 square feet, the original castle dates back to the 12th century.
Originally built in 1084 it was turned into a magnificent fortress during the late Renaissance by Architect Baldassarre Peruzzi.
The client’s brief to Claudio Silvestrin Architects was to transform it into a contemporary residence for a family of four with guest rooms and over 10,000 square feet of exhibition space to accommodate the display of Shamanic works of art.
The intention was to achieve a sensible restoration in the areas which are listed by the Italian heritage body and, at the same time, transform the non-listed areas into new contemporary spaces in timeless elegance.
The Architect’s intervention had to be "invisible", Claudio Silvestrin calls it: the minimalness of the ' I '.
Once completed, the castle seems at first glance as if it is untouched, even though the building took almost nine years of work, perseverance and dedication.