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BUILDING
 
 
Villa Celestina
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DESIGNER
 
 
Vittorio Cafiero

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DESCRIPTION
 
VILLA CELESTINA:
RESTORATION AND REBIRTH
The building was constructed in 1915 and in the early 20’s began to house the Kursaal Circle which hosted the social life of the most prominent families of the period. In 1930, it was purchased by General Attilio Teruzzi, then Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Militia who entrusted its renovation to architect Vittorio Cafiero from Rome. In the course of these works characterised by a wide use of reinforced concrete, the architectural elements typical of Italian Rationalism were introduced. Through this decade, up until the war, the Villa was renamed Celestina in honour of Teruzzi’s mother, and was the venue of the large parties organised by the officer. Then, with the fall of Fascism and the end of the war, the building was claimed by the State and used first as “Forestieri” Circle, then as headquarters of the Autonomous Tourism Board, then as a dance hall and, in the 70’s, it was renovated to house a discotheque. As of 1981, Villa Celestina was closed for security problems, and so began its long decline.
In 1998, the State Property Administration rented the structure to the Commune of Rosignano, and so began its rebirth. In 2001, a protocol agreement was signed with the University of Pisa for the restoration of the building to be utilised with scientific purposes, and in 2002 an agreement signed by the Commune, the University, and the Ministry of the Environment made it possible to receive ministry financing for one million euros. The building’s structural and conservative renovation ended in 2007, and today Villa Celestina is ready to house a Laboratory dedicated to studies in ecology and marine biology, which will be a veritable detached headquarters of the Department of Biology of the University of Pisa. It will be joined by the Commune of Rosignano’s Environmental Education Centre, financed with UE funds. The basement, first and second floors will therefore host education and research activities with University personnel and equipment, while the upper floor will be used by the Municipality for its Environmental Education Centre, as well as to organise, course, small conferences and public events.

Text edited by Commune of Rosignano Marittimo
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Italy [Italia]
Region
Tuscany [Toscana]
Province
Livorno
Town
Rosignano Marittimo
Hamlet
Castiglioncello
Address
Via della Pineta - Pineta Marradi
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Conference halls
Research buildings and centers
Research buildings
Residential buildings
Detached, semi-detached houses and villas
Buildings for recreational activities
Clubs, association headquarters, venue for events
Operations on existing buildings
Renovation, rehabilitation and restructuring
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
1910 - 1929    
Realisation
1910 - 1932
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THE BUILDING IN CINEMA
 
Title
  Il sorpasso [The Easy Life]
Directed by
Dino Risi
Nationality
Italy
Year of production
1962
Cast
Vittorio Gassman, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Catherine Spaak
Building's role
Incidental
 
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Antonia Pizzi, Castiglioncello. Villa Celestina dalle origini ad oggi. Storia e architettura di una mitica costruzione, Casa Editrice "Il Gabbiano", Castiglioncello 2007
Massimo Dringoli, Anna De Falco, "La Villa Celestina di Vittorio Cafiero a Castiglioncello: dall'abbandono al recupero", in Il Moderno tra Conservazione e Trasformazione, EDITREG, Trieste 2005, pp. 131-139
Elena Fondra, "Villa Celestina a Castiglioncello", Domus 141, settembre/september 1939, pp. 17-21
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ADDITIONS AND DIGRESSIONS
 
 
Gabriele d'Annunzio, Il libro delle Vergini, Casa Editrice Madella, Milano 1909
La pineta è tutta fiorita di violette, c'è l'odore della resina mescolato all'odore dei fiori.
...dentro la selva dei fusti altissimi penetrava a zone magnifiche il sole, e pe'l chiarore s'allontanavano fughe di portici favolosi.
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CLIENT
 
 
Gen. Attilio Teruzzi
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AMOUNT
 
 
Restoration (2004/2007) € 2.840.000
 
 
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