• Company/Studio
    Bentel & Bentel, Architecture, Planners, LTD
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  • Lead Designer(s)
    Paul & Carol Bentel
  • Client
    Paul & Carol Bentel
  • Credits
    Photo By: Carol Bentel
  • Prize
    Winner in Architecture/Refurbishment
  • Project Website

A ruinous but beloved hay-barn with patterned air-brick was renovated as a sculpture studio in Tuscany. An addition was allowed to the historic building as new rules encourage saving ruins with regional character. Glass on 2 of the four walls at the connection of the existing was to resist touching the fienile with stone walls. The new pitched and inverted-pitched ensemble of two equal volumes is totally off the energy grid. The historic fienile was fully rebuilt to be entirely earthquake-proof and insulated to today’s energy standards, all while retaining the craft of local building methods.

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