Rocca Sinibalda Castle - Occupying an area of 30,000 square feet, the original castle dates back to the 12th century. Originally built in 1084 it was turned into a magnificent fortress during the late Renaissance by Architect Baldassarre Peruzzi. The client’s brief to Claudio Silvestrin Architects was to transform it into a contemporary residence for a family of four with guest rooms and over 10,000 square feet of exhibition space to accommodate the display of Shamanic works of art. The intention was to achieve a sensible restoration in the areas which are listed by the Italian heritage body and, at the same time, transform the non-listed areas into new contemporary spaces in timeless elegance. The Architect’s intention was to be "invisible", Claudio Silvestrin calls it: the minimalness of the ' I '. Once completed,
the castle seems at first glance as if it is untouched, even though the building took almost nine years of work, perseverance and dedication. Highly creative, Claudio Silvestrin was born in 1954, studied under A. G. Fronzoni in Milan and at the Architectural Association in London. His interest in philosophy, his vision, his integrity, clarity of mind, inventiveness and concern for details is reflected in his distinctive architecture: austere but not extreme, contemporary yet timeless, calming but not ascetic, strong but not intimidating, elegant but not ostentatious, simple but not soulless. Claudio Silvestrin Architects was established in 1989 with offices in London, and since 2006 also Milan. The work of the practice encompasses real estate developments, newly built houses and resorts for private residence, art galleries and museums, rest
aurants, luxury retail stores and furniture design. Clients include Giorgio Armani, illycaffé, Anish Kapoor, Calvin Klein, Victoria Miro, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo for whom he has designed the museum in Turin and the internationally acclaimed hip hop artist and producer Kanye West.