From stone villas that date back to the 19th-century to contemporary retreats inspired by treehouses, in Tuscany architecture the concepts of cultural heritage, natural landscapes, and respect for tradition always influence buildings’ designs. In one way or another. Architects and designers aim to celebrate the region’s distinctive beauty and heritage. At the same time, they also search to write new chapters in the book of Tuscany’s architectural history. Regardless of their designs, private residences and hospitality properties share something in common here: a respect for the local setting and traditional craftsmanship.
Throughout Tuscany architecture projects often rely on a natural material that has a strong character and a distinctive beauty: natural stone. Whether preserved for centuries or recently built, walls of Tuscan villas, and farmhouses highlight the charm of nature with rough or smooth surfaces. Even a modern dwelling made of stone has a subtle rustic character that looks at home in the Tuscan countryside. Some architectural firms have paired natural stone with brick and white plaster surfaces to create a bold contrast between the different textures and colors. Other studios have used travertine marble to blend contemporary, minimalist volumes into their sandy clearing setting surrounded by pine trees.
Unsurprisingly, Tuscany architecture examples include many historical buildings. Ruined structures carefully renovated to bring them back to their former glory or old villas redesigned to complement their traditional exterior with comfortable, thoughtfully designed contemporary interiors. Infinity pools seem to flow into the landscape while cypresses, thyme, citrus trees, and flowers in bloom surround simple outdoor areas with stone pathways. Here, nature and Tuscan heritage naturally become a part of any dwelling.