Chapman Taylor and HBO Architects design sensitive renovation of historic Castello di Velona Resort in Tuscany

Chapman Taylor, in partnership with HBO Architects, is designing the sensitive renovation of the Castello di Velona Resort in Montalcino, Tuscany.

Castello di Velona is a fortress castle dating back to the eleventh century, located on a hill overlooking the entire Val d'Orcia. The property sits within a beautiful landscape of olive trees and vineyards, the latter of which produce the world-famous Brunello di Montalcino wine.

The castle’s current form is the result of a sequence of interventions that have changed its architecture and functions several times over the centuries. Its current use as a luxury 5-Star hotel resort, winery and spa has seen several refurbishments and expansions, which have created some functionality problems.

Chapman Taylor and HBO Architects have created a design which will fix those problems, creating a fully integrated and functionally efficient layout while improving the destination’s overall image and offer as well as making the resort accessible all year round.

The restyling and extension project creates a new entrance, an extension for the restaurant, a pool area and bar, a breakfast room, a new roof to cover the cloister and several new suites and rooms within a new winter garden, an existing tower and a new area facing the swimming pool. The resort also offers a thermal spa, a winery and a farm, all of which will be open to the resort’s guests and visitors.

The refurbishment has been designed to respect the magnificent history of the complex and the stunning Tuscan surroundings.

Gianfranco Lizzul (Dr Arch RIBA)

Director, and London

In addition to his design expertise in retail and mixed-use developments in both Italy and internationally, Gianfranco is also a specialist in the design of marinas and resorts.

Gianfranco joined Chapman Taylor in London in 1987. He became a Director in 1996 and is responsible for projects and business development in Italy.

He was instrumental in establishing the Milan studio in 2002 and now leads this part of the business.

Areas of expertise:

Retail / Hospitality / Mixed-use / Marinas

Gianfranco entra a far parte di Chapman Taylor a Londra nel 1987. Diventa Direttore nel 1996 ed è responsabile per i progetti e lo sviluppo aziendale in Italia.

Gianfranco è stato fondamentale per l’apertura dello studio di Milano nel 2002, che da allora dirige.

Oltre alla sua esperienza progettuale in progetti commerciali e multifunzionali sia in Italia che a livello internazionale, Gianfranco è anche specializzato nella progettazione di marine e resorts.

Aree di competenza:

Retail / Hospitality / Mixed-use / Marinas

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