Inside two historic buildings of the former Florentine cigar factory, 45 residences designed by Patricia Urquiola and studio q-bic will be created. Meanwhile, the hanging garden designed by Antonio Perazzi is growing

The urban redevelopment project by Manifattura Tabacchi continues: all 45 residential units designed by Patricia Urquiola  and studio q-bic will be created inside two historic buildings. But not only that, Officina Botanica, the hanging garden designed by the landscape architect Antonio Perazzi, is being born, or rather growing, on the roof of the Factory's central building.

The Botanical Workshop by Antonio Perazzi

Officina Botanica, the new bucolic landscape created by Antonio Perazzi will have an autonomous and creative life in the Manufacture: the spectacular hanging garden located on the roof of the central building it will be a green space open to the public which will count 100 trees, 1,300 shrubs and perennials and 250 square meters of ground cover plants.

Three bands of luxuriant vegetation will create a real urban jungle: cascades of light flowers, bushes with aromatic leaves and plants of the Florentine horticultural tradition to trigger a renaissance of garden art.

What the Manifattura Tabacchi project consists of

An ambitious urban redevelopment project, Manifattura Tabacchi is transforming the former cigarette factory i in Florence into a new contemporary district, open, connected and sustainable where to live, work and be inspired.

By 2026 the recovery of the historic industrial area consisting of 16 buildings for a total of about 110,000 m2, reconfigured in commercial and office spaces, is expected , cultural and training areas, residential areas, hospitality and public green areas, as well as parking.

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The first residential development

Within two historic buildings, 45 residential units with a high design rate will be created, thanks to a redevelopment work that aims to preserve the original architecture, reworking it in a contemporary and sustainable way.

The two projects, developed on an area of 25,000 sqm which include residences, commercial spaces, amenities and public spaces, are designed by Patricia Urquiola and from the Florentine studio q-bic. The completion of the works is scheduled for December 2023 .

A new concept of living in Florence

The launch of the residences of Manifattura Tabacchi marks a new phase in the history of this projectexplains Michelangelo Giombini, Head of Product Development and Ceo MTDM. The new apartments created in the historic buildings offer a new concept of living in Florence, close to the historic center and with easy access to the infrastructure of the city, the green of the park and a series of services specially designed for future residents.

The projects by q-bic and Patricia Urquiola offer an exceptional first interpretation of the former industrial spaces renovated in a contemporary and technological key, in full respect of the original architecture: industrial-inspired lofts and research apartments, spacious and bright, designed to accommodate a special group of people looking for unique residences of their kind and eager to immerse themselves in the creative and international community that already animates the neighborhood.

Anilla by Patricia Urquiola

The building 7, originally intended as a warehouse, is spread over four floors and faces the Piazza dell’Orologio. On the main façade there is a large bas-relief by the sculptor Francesco Coccia. The typical industrial features of the building are enhanced and integrated into the new apartments.

Large windows, double heights, mezzanines, platforms and terraces create unexpected connections between inside and outside. Colors, finishes and materials respect and enhance the historical identity of the building, giving life to original contamination of styles. The interior design stands out for the fluidity of spaces and shapes, in a dynamic relationship with the landscape.

The name Anilla recalls the identity of the worker (Anilladora) who, within the Manufacture, had the task of putting the anilla (the band) on cigars - also evoked by the curvilinear shape of the building - thus establishing a strong link with the genius loci.

Pure by q-bic

Building 12, built in the 1920s in the industrial style of the late nineteenth century, was originally used for the packaging and canning of finished products. This is the oldest building in the complex, the only pre-existing building when the construction site was started in the 1930s.

The redevelopment aims to preserve and enhance every aspect of industrial architecture: from the imposing metal trusses that support the pitched roof, to the original wooden windows, up to the material plasters.

A dense vegetation characterizes the external spaces of the gallery and the pocket terraces created on the roof: a reference to the spontaneous green that grew between the buildings over the years of disuse. Everything in the project boils down to the essential, in search of an authentic outcome. Hence the name Puro, which in Spanish means cigar.

Amenities and commercial spaces

At the disposal of the future residents of Puro and Anilla there will be amenities for exclusive use: a bike lab, a pet room, a fitness area, a delivery room, a roof-top and a concierge service centralized. Both buildings will house commercial spaces on the ground floor.

Two installations to present residential projects

In the 400 square meters of marketing suite created in the industrial spaces of the access building of the former factory, Manifattura Tabacchi presents its first residential projects Puro and Anilla. Made on a project by q-bic studio, it collects the samples of solutions and finishes proposed by the same Florentine studio and by Patricia Urquiola and reproduces significant portions and views.

A couple of small pavilions contain the two virtual reality installations which allow you to visit the apartments of Puro and Anilla and move from one environment to another to experience a immersive experience.

The experiential marketing suite dedicated to the sale of housing units is already active at Living Room , the sales office of Manifattura Tabacchi, in via delle Cascine 35 in Florence. More information on www.liveinmanifattura.com.