The Sextantio Albergo Diffuso, a medieval castle at the heart of Italy is converted into an old fashioned hotel. While creative team for the project at Oriano Associati Architetti, transformed the castle to a one-of-a-kind hotel, they preserved its historic structure and local character by hiding all modern technologies such as under-floor heating and light switches.
The picturesque village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio is located in the Abruzzo mountain region. Most medieval buildings in the village are abandoned and in ruins. The resurgence of the village started with the restoration of Sextantio Albergo Diffuso. With its close proximity to Rome, only 96 miles – a one and a half hour car ride, the village has again become a favorite destination for tourists as well as a fashionable summer and weekend haven for locals.
The mastermind of the restoration is Swedish philanthropist and hotelier Daniele Kihlgren. After making a deal with the local government to buy vacant buildings in the village and the region, he embarked on the rebuilding project – magnificent Sextantio Albergo Diffuso is one of the beneficiaries of that effort. Said Kihlgren “we try to retain everything that refers back to village life. Only local materials are used, and old furniture and artifacts were sourced in the area.” According to Kihlgren they conducted research with the National Museum of Abruzzo and talked to the elderly residents of Santo Stefano to discover how people used to live and what materials they used. A minimalist hotel to discover the beauty and simple pleasures of a life of a bygone time.