House with music room
Milan, Italy - 2018 - Photography: Francesca Iovene
The apartment is adapted to the needs of a young couple and it is located on the first floor of a building of the 70's in Milan, not far from the historic city center. The original spatial organization did not allow a proper lighting of the living area, open towards the dimly lit inner courtyard.
The project, through minimal demolitions, aims to bring light into this central space, combining the living room and the entrance with a much brighter neighboring room, transformed into a music room. Boundaries between various ambiences of the house dissolves, to recreate a large hybrid space without interruption with exception for intimacy’s spaces that remain isolated by a door that opens on a long service corridor leading to bedrooms and bathrooms. The living area can occasionally double its size becoming a unique large environment merged with the music room through a system of doors integrated into the long wood paneling of the boiserie. The warm white boiserie marks and measures the space through a fixed module highlighted by the bas-relief, articulating visitor’s path from the entrance to the living room. This element also work as a storage furniture, hiding behind its numerous doors what is not appropriate to see: radiators, intercoms, various technical devices, jackets, shoes, family secrets… On the back wall, conversely, a long furniture in rosewood serves as showcase for memorabilia. The kitchen area, although open on the living room, differs for the flooring in milky white seeded instead of an olive wood parquet like the rest of the house. The existing toilet room has been divide into two smaller bathrooms of similar dimensions that differs slightly according to the habits of the clients. Once again, a scale in between the architectural and the furniture proper one has been chosen for its effectiveness in creating spaces that can easily adapts to daily
routines, helping the inhabitants in the complex and delicate game of domestic rituals.
Mini living: the factory
Milan, Italy - 2018 - Photography: Louis De Belle
With the motto BUILT BY ALL, Mini Living, a testing laboratory in Design and Urban Studies, wanted to investigate further more it's research on the collective construction of the city, starting from it’s minimal unit, the home. The project transforms the existing industrial space of and old body shop into a modern factory, with red-varnished steel structures, black rubber and aluminum surfaces. The large wooden table in the
middle allows visitors to engage in the construction of an authentically personal space, through the composition of different volumes realized in various shapes and materials and stocked into movable metal carts. Perimeter walls and existing niches are integrate into the project in order to show and catalogue on long metal shelves all the material usable for the construction. All the units, once ready, are collected into the Wall of fame, an aluminum bookshelf that resemble an empty building structure, place on one side of the room. By doing so, every composition contributes to the overall enrichment of the project, creating a sort of lively and heterogeneous and heterogeneous "condominium"
Great attention was given to the outdoor space, arrange with a small cocktail bar and a rest area with soft rubber seats. Above, colored backlit shapes permit a great variation of light layouts that follows different courtyard use, ranging from a bright atmosphere, suitable for parties, to a more intimate one.
At the entrance a backlit portal, which black and withe shapes recalls volumes used in the factory, welcomes visitors from via Tortona.
Vergiate, Italy - 2018 - With Raumplan - Photography: Louis De Belle
The project redefines and adapt a two floor apartment into a notary’s office, merging the rigours of an office with the abstractness of the quot;white cube”. Guests are welcome in a bright and shadow-free ambient, alienated from the context in which the office is located: a small village in Varese suburbs, close to Swiss border. White walls are lighten up by thin fluorescent tubes which neutralize external contaminations by transforming the space into a limbo between a Museum, an Office and a House. This indeterminacy provokes the "right" discomfort feeling, typical of life’s crucial situations: buying a home, starting a new business, writing your own testament. Today, comfort and domesticity are a kind of obsession for Western cultures, fact that is leading to a drastic reduction of discomfort among individuals, reflecting it also in design. Objects are manageable, smooth, curvy, interfaces and displays are more user friendly, conversations between people are informal, working spaces tend to resemble more and more to quirky lounges. Domesticity is permeating everything, dissolving hierarchies and conventions, subverting the social impositions sedimented over centuries of bourgeois upbringing. However, the notarial tradition remains responsible for guaranteeing validity of contracts between individuals. It is a profession that still needs the proper context in order to maintain the dignity and authority asked. Therefore the intervention focuses mainly on the layout, consisting of a sequence of specialized rooms such as waiting room, the administrative office and the stanza stipula, the core of the office, where the notary works essentially. Doors, thresholds, walls and corridors are used in order to create a floorplan that work as a "choreography"; to be followed by employees, guests and the notary himself. Visitors walk along the corridor while approaching the reception, wondering about the unusual volume of the stair that characterizes the waiting room. The Notary can listen to conversations between secretary and clients unnoticed, through a hidden door placed in the reception back office, pondering whether it’s worthwhile to manifest himself or continuing sitting at his desk. Except for the two pillars, brought back to the rough-material, things dissolve into to homogeneous light.