Flair Studio was called to redesign a residual area within the pedestrian city centre of Pietrasanta and to convert the three marble workshops, all facing the same internal courtyard, into a small residential and cultural complex.
The workshop facing the pedestrian area of the city centre was the first one to obtain permission because due to city planning constraints it had to retain it’s commercial use. It was also the first one to be subject to a refurbishment, while the remaining two workshops and the couryard started the following year, the second being also a complete refurbishment, the third being a new build due to the poor quality of the existing building. To see the completed project for the area please click here.
The building underwent major renovation works and received same sustainability standards of the residential units. The design wanted to keep full sight of the open space and to maximise the visual connection from the pedestrian city centre into the gallery and from the gallery into the large courtyard, the gallery acting as a filter between public and private spaces. At the same time bespoke, full height concertina doors have been designed to have the possibility to divide the space during the winter season when the gallery is closed.
The Galleria opened with an important exhibition of sculptures by Girolamo Ciulla, called “Il Costruttore di Templi” and in the following years hosted curated garage and vinatge sales. The Galleria is open only in the summer season.