Restoration of the Acciaiolo castleScandicci (FI)

The project along with the reclamation works to the building, included its static consolidation, technological upgrading and the conservative restoration of the outer envelope of the buildings and wall enclosure, made out of thin courses (filaretti) of Alberese limestone with sandstone inserts.

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In the treatment of the wall surfaces it was decided to not alter the building’s historicised appearance, avoiding the removal of existing “sacrificial surfaces” and not reinstating any long departed plasterwork. For the plaster covered areas, the pre-existent sections of finish discovered, still in place beneath the overlying layers, in varying phases of detachment, were reaffixed to the wall substrate before carrying out the appropriate conservation treatment.

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Interventions to the architectonic siliceous sandstone and pietraforte decorations were performed solely with a view to conserve the elements still in place. A careful examination of the wooden door furniture permitted the restoration the external main doors and internal window shutters, and the decision to completely replace the unpretentious shutters, frames and casements of the windows which were in an advanced state of decay.

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Additional Info

Abstract:
The Castello dell’Acciaiolo, which took shape around Nardo di Bencivenni Rucellai’s original 15th century villa, assumed its definitive configuration during the early 1800s with the works commissioned by Ottavio Acciaioli, and is the most prominent monumental construction in the plain of Scandicci.
Servives rendered:
Preliminary and developed design, Construction documentation for Restoration and Site Safety (work in collaboration with others)
Date:
2001/2007
Client:
Scandicci city council
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