Built in 1663, this Italian palace debuts with new beauty and elegance. The renovations have kept its historic and cultural heritage while incorporating all the amenities of modern urban life.
By Verónica Boix
In the heart of the Italian city of Torino, the restoration of the Valperga Galleani Palace is the perfect example of architecture reclaimed. Built in 1663, the building exhibits today a beauty and elegance that renews its heritage and, at the same time offers all the amenities of modern urban life.
In a meticulous renovation that lasted two years, a team of architects and decorators managed to capture the spirit of this old building, which was reopened with 36 apartments, a gym, a spa and an open central courtyard. (Casino Carrasco Hotel, another exemplary renovation.)
With the name "Number 6", the project developed by the Italian firm Building Engineering caught the original essence of the exquisite structure and introduced technological advances to make it a functional building. There were three essential steps in its revival: the creation of six underground floors for parking spaces, the renovation and reorganization of its internal structure and the restoration of the noble areas on the main floor.
Almost divested of baroque elements, the sober and elegant ornamentation confers a new energy to the natural look of this symbol of Italian aristocracy. Maintaining the spatial distribution, the old rooms establish a harmonious conversation with a modern aesthetic language to achieve a stunning atmosphere. A complex set of different color LED lamps provides illumination that is unusual for this type of construction.
The balance between old and avant-garde structures responds to two seemingly opposite approaches, though, in fact, they complement each other: the exterior focuses on the recovery of the past; and the interiors are redesigned with the latest trends to meet the needs of a sophisticated lifestyle.
The effort to return to the origins can be seen along the building walls through a long horizontal line of balconies decorated with flowers and vines, and in particular, in the central garden—the heart of the project— designed by the Italian artist Richi Ferrero. This space stands as a work of art where the classic elements of the baroque garden have been reinterpreted. Lights and plants define two planes - one horizontal and one vertical - where the simplicity of lines acquires a magnetic dynamism. In this dreamlike setting, a metal tree suspended in the air, an evident allusion to the contemporary, rescues the restoration spirit, creating a perfect synthesis of memory and imagination.
At number 6, the creativity and memory game allows us to relive the splendor of the 17th century amidst the avant-garde modernity and comfort of our time. ■
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