2009
Private house
Private house,
Torino, IT

The renovated flat is on the first floor of Palazzo Cotti di Brusasco, a 19th century building in the historic centre of Turin. The 35-square-meter surface area is divided by a master wall into two symmetrical rooms with a lowered barrel vault ceiling. With the desire not to “contaminate” the existing surfaces, all the objects invading this historic space emerge from the only new wall— the one in the entrance. The living and dining areas coexist with the kitchen and reading corner; a rectangular wengé block invades the space and conceals a folding desk-table; the kitchenette hides behind perforated leather folding doors; and the master wall, clad in crystalline white marble, contains a light source illuminating the sofa. Resembling the old design, the floor has a white marble frame circumscribing the bamboo parquet. The sleeping area is crafted from three suitably proportioned emerging components— the bed, shower and wardrobe. The bed is a horizontal marble plane that enables access to the shower, which is enclosed in red transparent glass and suspended 65 cm from the floor. The wengé wardrobe juts 2.7 meters into the room, concealing the WC. A sink and mirror are snuggled into a wall niche. The lighting design, which arose from a partnership with lighting designer Bianca Tresoldi, included general lighting with weathering steel veils and accent lighting: the backlighting of the kitchen, the white marble wall lamp, the spotlights in the shower, and the wallwasher on the surface behind the wardrobe. The creation of these spaces was the result of perfect synergy between the client and designers.

(Ph. Saverio Lombardi Vallauri)

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