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2005 • San Miniato I Cappuccini
Convention Center & lux. hotel in San Miniato

The main goal is to blend in the landscape by reinterpreting its morphological system:

  • The conference center is designed as a perched Tuscan village with its typical walls and vertical volumes which echo the surrounding hills shape and scale.
  • The 4-star hotel bedrooms are laid out on different "green" levels that mimic the contour lines' twists and turns as well as their horizontal shape. They recall the tuscan villas' terraces and the traditional terraced Italian gardens. All bedrooms benefit from having a large balcony and a breathtaking view toward the lush valley.
  • Most of the edifices are invisible from the prime entrance: only the main lobby emerges from the access belvedere. The Grand Auditorium can host concerts as well as conferences and shows and is open toward the Tuscan landscape which then becomes full part of the architectural speech.

Program: private competition December 2005 • Convention center (3,145 sq.m.) • Auditoriums (800 sq.m. + 240 sq.m.) • Welness Center (435 sq.m.) • Gourmet restaurant (610 sq.m.) • Luxury hotel **** (155 design and high-tech bedrooms, including 14 suites, 11,500 sq.m.) • Exhibition spaces (750 sq.m.) • retail (760 sq.m.) • Parkings (140 spaces, 3,500 sq.m.) • Built area: 25,000 sq.m. • Planned budget: 20 M€ • Project on hold •
Developer/Contracting authority: La ROCCA Immobiliare, CARISMI (Cassa di Risparmio di San Miniato) • Architects: Jean-Pierre Buffi & Marianne Buffi with S. Carnus and A. Bonora • Associate architec: Studio Beniamino Cristofani (San Miniato) • Landscape architect: P. Cribier

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