The striking Podere Panìco has recently been restored by the engineer Fulvio Di Rosa for a Canadian investment firm, Luxus Group. Part of a larger estate to the south of Siena called San Fabiano, the farmhouse has been completely restructured, inside and outside.
The ‘true restoration’ philosophy calls for total conservation of the building, its layout, as well as the sizes of the openings. In the visible parts only antique materials are used, or handmade things that are fully comparable to the originals. To meet today’s standards of comfort and safety, Di Rosa applies a sophisticated set of construction methods and high-tech materials that are hidden in the original structure.
After the renovation, Podere Panìco, has Class A energy and antiseismic certification.
For the interiors, the materials have been selected to create an evocative mix of past and present: exposed antique brick and lime plaster, as well as the ‘pietra serena‘ used for the sinks, travertine and glass, in large sheets decorated by the artist Guido Giordano for the walls of the shower, bronze-finish brass, Cor-ten, steel, and pressed, texturized and painted wood for the service furnishings.