Behold, this is a wild case of adaptive reuse that will take you back—way, way back. Though currently furnished with clean-lined partitions and works by midcentury masters like Le Corbusier and Eero Saarinen, this loft-like 3,444-square-foot Florence apartment is actually housed in a circa-1420s theater designed by none other than Filippo Brunelleschi, one of the founding fathers of the Renaissance and mastermind behind the incredible dome of the Florence Cathedral.
This particular building, which features a courtyard with a soaring arched porch, was thoroughly renovated in 2011. But as you can see in these photos, originally stone and stucco details, as well as elaborate frescoes from the 1700s, remain. The lower level holds an open master suite of sorts surrounded by the most magnificent walls and ceiling (which is 23-foot high!) And a loosely subdivided wing with beamed ceilings encloses bedrooms behind sliding glass doors and fits a lounge and kitchen in the mezzanine. Intrigued? The three-bedroom spread is asking approximately $4.48M.
- Via de' BenciFirenze [Sotheby's via The Spaces]
- 10 Rad Homes Converted from Strange, Unexpected Spaces [Curbed]