The renovation of structures comprising the Villa Francisci complex in Todi aimed at maintaining the historic characteristics of the two principal forms of the complex while at the same time safeguarding its original qualities to the greatest degree possible. The restoration was also intent upon providing the modern conveniences and technology to which urban dwellers are accustomed. The complex is composed of a villa enlarged on numerous occasions and an oil mill.
A tower dating back several hundred years was uncovered in the renovation of the main structure, and its exterior restored to the original stone, giving visual and structural ballast to the complex. The second structure, an oil press typical to the umbrian landscape, was totally gutted and restored, resulting in the re-opening of a dramatic double-height space visible from the entrance, and commanding dramatic views throughout. The original structure was expanded by the transformation of stables on the downhill side into additional guest bedrooms, as well as the addition of a portico made of local stone, which provides a shaded dining area al fresco.
The terrace above the portico extends the upper living space, inviting spectacular views of the surrounding olive groves. Throughout the various phases of the renovation, every attempt was made to protect surrounding trees and plants, typically mulberry and olive trees, so as to preserve the original feel of the built structure within its rural setting. In the same spirit, traditional local materials such as hand made terra cotta tiles, limestone, and chestnut wood have been used. The predominant use of large slabs of limestone for floors, walkways and stairs enhances the visual continuity of the interior and exterior living spaces. In a green area adjacent to the complex, a shared pool has been built.