In compliance with strict regulations on historical renovations, these five Italian homes deftly incorporate original structure into modern remodels.
When Guido and Sabrina Chiavelli left their tiny apartment in Asolo to begin their family life in the northern Italian countryside, they chose to renovate a crumbling sandstone farmhouse. The desire to preserve the building's original structure while adding a modern aesthetic led the couple to augment the stone walls with teak panels and wide windows.
To escape the chaos of Rome on the weekends, a family of four commissioned the renovation of a 1930s farmhouse on a sprawling plot of Tuscan coastline. Built during a Fascist land reclamation project during a controversial part of Italian history, the house has ties to the past that architectural firm Labics preserved by keeping the original limestone walls intact.
Syracuse, Italy, has architectural history dating back to the ancient Greeks. So, architect Francesco Moncada carefully preserved his home's 18th-century facade to fit in with the historical surroundings, but modernized the interior into a contemporary classic.