Riva Lofts. Claudio Nardi. Florence. 2006

02-04-2007
From the outside, it looks like a small hamlet sitting in a green corner of the city, and it has definitely preserved the spirit of a small village, though today it is an elegant "guesthouse": Riva Loft is the product of a transformation project by architect Claudio Nardi and his daughter Alice.

Each of the suites has its own independent entrance and a fully equipped kitchen; they all share the same style, but each has its own unmistakeable personality. In this complex, in which the architecture conveys a feeling of relaxation and comfort, the internal and external layout includes several common areas also "marked" by the touch of an elegance that is never banal.

The big hall with stone walls, a cross vault, bookshelves and a large fireplace has large windows with views of the private garden and spectacular swimming pool of white sandstone. This is where breakfast is served, but during the day guests can relax with a book or chat in front of the fire. The meeting and conference room has the same cosy feel.
A homey feel and contemporary style are the keys to interpretation of these spaces in a green, quiet location close to the historic heart of Florence.
The result is ultra-modern accommodations in which every detail, from the choice of materials for the finishes to the furniture, has been chosen to create an atmosphere of relaxation and wellbeing.

Laura Della Badia