Florence’s new creative hub
An area of 100,000 square metres and 16 buildings, where past, present and future meet. This is the new Manifattura Tabacchi in Florence, a building complex dating back to the 1930s and reborn in the new millennium thanks to a regeneration project that has transformed it into a creative hub of excellence.
The Manifattura was founded as a cigar factory, designed in the Rationalist style by Giovanni Bartoli and Pier Luigi Nervi. It was decommissioned in 2001, after more than 70 years of activity, when the State Monopoly decided to merge the San Pancrazio and Sant’Orsola production facilities.
Today, it is a modern and innovative location, infused with strong creative energy ranging from fashion to art, architecture and design. A true alternative to the historical centre of Florence, it is characterised by an extraordinary connection with the rest of the world. This openness is symbolised by the removal of the gates and walls that surrounded the old factory.
The Masterplan for the Manifattura includes a functional integration of spaces such as schools, laboratories, offices, workshops, co-working spaces, as well as student halls, residential buildings, commercial spaces and catering venues.