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perspectives toscana resort castelfalfi sustainable studio By Rebecca Lo Photography courtesy of Finn Partners 1. TUI Group purchased the historic Italian village of Castelfalfi with the intention to bring the 2,700 acres of vineyards, olive gardens, lakes, and forests back to life. UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN Rejuvenating a medieval hamlet with an environmental spin For eight centuries, the village of Castelfalfi in central Tuscany has been steadily producing wine and olive oil. In the 1960s, however, the lure of big Italian cities such as Milan and Rome led to continuous migration; by the mid-2000s, only five residents were left. Hanover, Germany-based tourism company TUI Group purchased the site with its historic country villas intact, intending to transform and revitalize the more than 2,700 acres of vineyards, olive groves, lakes, and forests into a multifaceted resort town. Construction of Toscana Resort Castelfalfi began in 2007, and now the sprawling estate consists of restored apartments and villas for sale (with more in the works), two golf courses, restaurants, a renovated medieval castle with meeting and event spaces, Le Piscine swimming and spa complex, tennis, a cooking school, and two hotels (one open, the other under construction). Stefan Neuhaus, CEO of Castelfalfi (a subsidiary of TUI), says sustainability was the project's mandate from the outset. "TUI's vision was to develop a unique project in Tuscany-to bring back life in an open community that includes authentic Tuscan architecture and landscape," he says. No cars are allowed within the property, and shuttle buses transport people between the major buildings to minimize carbon emissions. Agricultural tours explore the resort's 57 acres of vineyards and more than 10,000 olive trees, while sustainable initiatives include a biomass plan, and the use of local supplies as well as natural materials for the construction of the houses and hotels. The 31-room La Tabaccaia hotel by Italian architect Guido Spadolini, opened in 2013 in the estate's former factory building where tobacco was produced until the '60s. "La Tabaccaia has the typical form of these production places," Neuhaus says. "Our challenge was to implement inside its architectural shell a sustainable, modern, and charming hotel using local materials and colors," including the preservation of the exterior brick walls. A second 120-room, 5-Star, three-story hotel dubbed Il Castelfalfi is slated to open in 2017 with concept design courtesy of Spadolini and interior May 2016 125

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Hospitality Design - May 2016
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From the Editor
People: HD Summit
People: CitySCENE Atlanta
Business Sense: Mergers
Sustainable Studio: Toscana Resort Castelfalfi
Inspiration: Zaha Hadid Superyachts
Trends: Airport Lounges
Trends: Extended Stays
Places: Austin
Places: London
Interview: Brad Wilson
Interview: Chip Conley
Interview: Alan Faena
Interview: Neil Jacobs
Interview: Pacifica Hotels
5 Questions for Dan Flannery
Profile: Thom Filicia
Trends Custom Art
ICFF Preview
HD Expo Preview
From the Show Director
Conference Highlights
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Places: Las Vegas
Special Feature: Los Angeles
The Camby Hotel + Axiom Hotel
Seamarq Hotel
The Charmant Hotel
Soho Farmhouse
Generator Amsterdam
Ovolo Woolloomooloo
Rivertown Lodge
Casa Bonay
Belmond Eagle Island Lodge
Les Bains
Talde Miami Beach
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Hospitality Design - May 2016