Palazzo Tornabuoni — 2010 Global Award for Excellence Winner


About Palazzo Tornabuoni

Developer: Byrne Murphy at Kitebrook Partners, RDM Real Estate Development
Owner: Kitebrook Partners and Gruppo FINGEN
Architect: G&B S.r.l
Location: Florence, Italy

Why Palazzo Tornabuoni?

Palazzo Tornabuoni is a full city block (17,000 m2), mixed-use project featuring Italy’s first Private Residence Club, luxury retailers, office and restaurants. Club Tornabuoni is housed in this magnificant 15th century palace, formerly owned by the Medici during the Renaissance and occupied by Pope Leo XI. Previously a bank HQ for over 100 years, the building is located on Florence’s most fashionable street, via Tornabuoni, and features 38 residences of studio, one and two bedroom configurarions. The residences are located above the luxury retailers Bulgair, Bottega Veneta, Cartier, Stephano Ricci, and Max Mara. The project includes two restaurants, one already selected by Michelin Guide as among Florence’s best. All of the original artwork from the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries has been meticulously restored. An Attache Service has been created for members to access the private world of Florence and Tuscany: guided museum tours after hours; seminars by artisans; grape picking and private tasting at vineyards; access to estates for riding and hunting; private singing and cooking lessons.

Palazzo Tornabuoni…

Palazzo Tornabuoni

  • First Private Residence Club in Italy; one of the first and certainly most successful in Europe
  • Meticulous renovation and restoration of the 15th century palazzo and its 15th, 16th, and 17th century artwork
  • Conversion of full city block of bank HQ to residential and retail uses not in place since late 19th century.
  • Very contextual development with very strong contribution to cityscape and urban fabric
  • Preservation of museum quality collection of papal-commissioned frescoes, micro-mosaics, statues and decorations

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