A big restoration project, which covered an area of about 6.500 square meters near Piazza San Carlo in Turin. It's the retrofit of the historic Palazzo Valperga Galleani, made by Gruppo Building, with the architectural idea by Luca Petrone, the responsible for the design of the Study.
The building, called "The Number 6", has been awarded as Building of the Year by ArchDaily. The award 2015, organized by the american website ArchDaily, started with a selection of more than 3.000 projects around the world and the participation of more than 18.000 architects and designers, including for example Kengo Kuma, Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel and Alvaro Siza. The italian baroque palace has won in the category "Refurbishment".
The building, located in the heart of Torino, was realized by Maurizio Valperga in 1663 and in 1781 it has been enlarged by Michele Luigi Barberis. Over the years, its form has undergone profound changes as well as its use classification. After a recent use as an office, the new project has pursued its intrinsic vocation of prestigious house that during the XVII and XVIII centuries dictated the most significant changes, still readable and recoverable as the architecture facies of the whole area.
Valperga Galleani Palace is now a property of multiple interpretations: from architecture to art, from modern functionality to wellness. The restoration involved an area of 6.500 sq.m. on 5 floors and two mezzanine floors, 36 apartments with 36 underground car garage, a modern Beauty & Spa in use of condominiums and a gym equipped Technogym. The project was developed in three main phases: creation of 6 underground floors of garages, recovery and reorganization of the internal walls of the court, restoration of noble spaces of the main floor.
Recovery is understood not simply as a readjustment of the spaces to the new needs of customers, but as the creation of environments in which space is perceived to live in a dimension unique and exclusive. Thinking of a new meaning of the term "furnished apartment", surrounded by technology that makes life easier, breathing the atmosphere that only a historic building can give, devoting himself to the welfare, satisfying their mood, enjoying the art that is an integral part of the architectural projects.
The courtyards were transformed into veritable works of art light through the permanent art installation: a unique art project in Italy cured by Richi Ferrero - extraordinary all-round artist and master in the light installations - where art blends with the architecture and nature.