This Siena holiday home has been carved from an industrial hangar, eschewing the Tuscan farmhouse norm.
Austrian sculptor Reinhold Traxl acquired the 220 sq m cement structure – originally a pottery factory and later a body shop for cars – in 1999 and converted it into a home and atelier with the help of his architect friend Peter Thurner.
Working with the building’s cavernous floor plate, the duo created a flexible ‘box’ with vast glass openings that can be closed by drawing across moveable iron curtains.
Villa Monteli passed to new owners in 2013 after Traxl became ill, but they’ve retained its rugged industrial aesthetic. Interior designer Johny Thielens was enlisted to hone the Italian holiday home‘s interiors, mixing vintage hair salon chairs with contemporary design pieces and artworks. These are offset by polished concrete floors and textural wooden surfaces.
The two-bedroom villa – available to rent via Le Collectionist from €272 per night – is wrapped in terraces and gardens that are dotted with original sculptures by Traxl and cypress trees. Guests can soak up views of the medieval ruins of Montelifré from the property’s striking contemporary pool.