homu is an Italian architecture office founded and directed by Lucia Zamponi and Filippo Nanni.
The project is a renovation of an apartment in Bologna. The flat, well distributed and functional, was perhaps lacking in character. The client, a young lady who has always worked abroad and who has lived and travelled in many countries, was looking for a bright, comfortable home that could be transformed according to current or future needs. The interior reflects the request for flexibility and cosy neutrality. The apartment was originally composed of two rooms, a dining room, a small kitchenette and a balcony. The client expresses the need for a large living space to host dinners or events but at the same time a guests room as well. The dining room and adjoining room were therefore joined by a large opening creating a wide, bright and south-facing living area. To guarantee a maximum degree of flexibility, so to be able to separate the rooms when needed, a double-leaf door has been designed with a rotary-rolling opening system that optimizes the opening space. The door and the wall have been covered with a stainless steel sheet up to 210 cm high to cast back the light and create new reflections mirroring the furnishings and objects present. In the bathroom the same stainless steel cladding is used to create a double wall, also 210 cm high, useful to manage the ducts passage, integrate the shower and the mirror and that could hide the shelves inside. The stainless steel cladding is the recurrent element that invests the kitchen, the living room and the bathroom. The wide use of an industrial material such as steel, resistant and economical, usually destined to spaces for professional activities or public spaces, becomes an expressive element a singular domesticity. White walls, light wood parquet flooring, define neutral and bright environments; the objects and the many books will animate with colour accents a house that is also seen as the space to collect the memories of visited places and countries.