Castle of Rocca Sinibalda
Rieti, 2013

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.

bwd   --/--  fwd