The co-living "Murate Community", located in the former prison complex and Benedictine convent of Le Murate in Florence, offers accommodation to students and women in need, with the aim of breaking down social barriers and encouraging mutual aid between two communities. This common space offers several dining rooms and lounges, as well as a kitchen to share moments of daily life together, to make encounters and to create real community values in a very natural atmosphere with materials such as leather, wood and polished concrete.
Like a sophisticated dormitory, co-living offers two different living units: individual and family. The apartments all look the same, in a soft, white and light wood decor, offering a living room, work space, small kitchenette, bathroom, and one or two bedrooms depending on the unit chosen.
It will offer housing to students and women in need (with or without children), creating a mixed community that breaks down social barriers and provides mutual benefit.
A daycare center with peaceful and pastel decoration will provide the freedom for the women residing in the co-living, to leave their child there if they have some, and thus to facilitate their social reinsertion.
A cultural incubator accessible by membership, provides a workshop equipped with workbenches, DIY tools, carpentry machines, digital prototyping machines (3D printer, laser cutter), and a co-working space, for people who want to realize projects but also work while sharing, in a soft and natural atmosphere conducive to concentration and exchange.
The works that are realized here have the possibility to be exposed and promoted in the restaurant "La Cantina alle Murate".
A multi-purpose restaurant hosts a permanent rotating exhibition of the work done in the Murate Incubator as well as occasional conferences in a sophisticated canteen atmosphere, in an industrial/greenhouse setting, thanks to the original brick walls and glass ceiling.
Jobs are prioritized for co-living residents, and slightly higher prices allow them to enjoy a social meal in the same place, thus breaking the social marginalization.
Cultivated by the residents of the co-living, the urban farm feeds the restaurant "La Cantina alle Murate" by promoting organic, ethical and short circuit vegetables and social reintegration.
The restaurant's terrace takes the form of urban furniture on the crops, like a picnic in the middle of a vegetable garden, in a panel of soft materials: gray oak, Corten steel and white concrete for durability, local and historical aspect.
Architectural elements recall the arches and wells typically found in Tuscan Benedictine convents.