Interior design for the fusion of two apartments and complete renovation (obtained surface: 160 sq.m.). Discovering brick pavilion vaults
In this intervention in the Vanchiglia district of Turin, the goal was to harmonize the merging of two independent housing units. The core of the project was exactly the boundary between the two existing units: it coincides with a supporting wall of this building of 1880 having a single 60 cm gap. This limit has become the point of union and continuity of the new living room of 80 square meters. A structural intervention allows to enlarge the pass in the supporting wall, putting the rooms of the house in ‘visual continuity’.
By creating functionality for these passage spaces, the entrance and connection zone are animated. A wall completely covered with wallpaper hosts a wardrobe and a storage room, with slightly perceptible doors in the same wall. A bookcase shaped in plasterboard enhances the perspective from the entrance and acts as a filter to the house. To underline these new signs and elements of the project, the LED light lines in false ceiling follow the same walls inclination and break out of the square layout scheme.
The large brick pavilion vault (12×5 meters development, covering a wide zone of the flat) emerged during the construction works and it was therefore partially discovered, giving light to exposed bricks, while in another room the brick vault was decorated in white. But there was another ‘surprise’ during the construction work: a full brick partition is crossed for all 5 meters of its length by an arch, which unveils itself and is dyed white.
The materials chosen for the floors and walls of the bathrooms add different tones and effects, in line with contemporary architectural trends and inspired by urban contexts that go beyond the domestic walls. In the larger bathroom, the floor in metal-effect porcelain stoneware slabs merges with another metal-effect wall, inspired to the copper oxidation. The choice of bathroom fittings and furniture in matt white colour completes the setting. In the other bathroom, floor and wall tiles represent the structural chromaticity of concrete, with some mosaic inserts and furnishings in glossy polymer.
For this intervention, Architect Andrea Milano was the architectural and interior designer, and construction site manager.