Brambilla’s restoration and adaptive re-use activity was not limited to the U.S. In the 1970’s he was actively involved in preserving the landscape of Pantelleria, an Italian island where, together with a group of young Milanese architects, he organized a Summer School of Landscape Architecture and the launching of “Il Panteco”, a local newspaper involved in public education and building conservation.
This effort resulted in the restoration of hundreds of the island’s prime examples of vernacular architecture and instilled a conservation culture on the island.
In the 80s, he collaborated at the restoration of a historic convent near Gavi, Italy and, today, he is actively involved in the restoration of a 1700-Century historic mansion near Noto to be converted into a cultural hospitality center.
Here are samples of his restoration projects in Italy:
Condominium conversion of a historic convent and farmhouse near Gavi, Italy, in collaboration with Stefano Carmi.
Restoration and conversion of an abandoned wine warehouse in Pantelleria island, Italy, into a summer retreat. (video)
Restoration and conversion of a historic fortified farmhouse into a condo-hotel, Educational Campus, Art and Culinary Center. (video)