Helvetia & Bristol, Starhotels – Ex Banca di Roma
The expansion of the Starhotels “Helvetia & Bristol”: the conversion of a building in the historical centre without interrupting the normal hotel business workings.
- Location: Florence
- Client: Starhotels
- Type/Classification/Category: 5 star hotel
- Period of completion: In progress
- Sector: Hospitality
- Square meters: 3,000m2
The restructuring and complete transformation of the building with a change of purpose for tourist accommodation and connection with the hotel Starhotels Helvetia & Bristol.
The intervention affects the building that occupies the block between via Vecchietti, via Campidoglio and via Pescioni, in the historical center of Florence (between via Tornabuoni and Piazza della Repubblica).
Safeguarding the architectural and stylistic features, the intervention carried out on the monumental buildings bound by the Authority of Cultural, Architectural and Archaeological Heritage, had as its objective the heavy reinforcement and structural adjustments from the foundations to the roof. In the blueprint, we proceeded with the demolition and archaeological excavations: under the supervision and direction of the Authority of Archaeological Heritage, we identified and recovered structures and artifacts from the Medieval age and the Roman age (ovens, wells and thermal structures). From the ground floor to the upper floors, the objective of the intervention was to demolish and consolidate all the structures, rebuild rooms and common areas according to the project layout. While safeguarding the original aesthetic and stylistic features of the building, formerly a bank, which has been converted into a luxury hotel.
Overall, characteristic architectural elements have been recovered, restored and replaced. Suitable finishing works have been introduced both inside and outside the structure. As a matter of fact, in addition to the waterproofing and the overhaul of the roof, under the direction of the Authority, the facades were completely redone and inside, the characteristic architectural elements such as the monumental staircase, the plastering, the ceiling coffer and the skylight of the large internal courtyard were restored.
The ambitious and long-lasting interior project will give light to 25 large and luxurious rooms finished with arches, marble, wood, stucco and fine materials. The technical equipment, engineering systems and technological equipment have been fully implemented in line with current standards.
- Seismic improvement and adaptation work with the modification of structures
- Replacement of floors and supporting walls
- Renovation, waterproofing and insulation of the roofing
- Renovation of the facades (plastering, architectural elements and painting)
- Creation of a new solarium on the roof
- Restoration of the service rooms in the basement
- Archaeological excavation of the structures will be in view
- Reconstruction, building and plasterboard works
- Finishing works with fine materials (marble, wood flooring and carpet)
- Wall covering (plaster, stucco, fabrics and wallpaper)
- Painting and surface treatment (varnishes and encaustics)
- Conservative restoration and protective treatment of existing historical elements (stone, marble and tiles)