Type to search

Renovation and arrangement of the lobby of the Club House “Circolo della Stampa Sporting” in Turin (Italy)


Renovation and arrangement of the lobby of the Club House “Circolo della Stampa Sporting” in Turin (Italy)

Project winner of the Contest for the renovation of the Club House, historical building designed by Arch Domenico Morelli. Work in progress

Project winner of the Contest for the Renovation and arrangement of the clubhouse “Circolo della Stampa Sporting”, historical building designed in 1939 by Domenico Morelli.
The project concerned both common areas reserved to members (lobby, reception, reading & relaxation area, shop, bar, restaurant, external courtyard transformed into a living room) and a new space for the secretariat. The need to functionally reorganize the lobby has led to a rethinking of layout, maintaining continuity with the original one and enhancing the image of tradition and excellence that always distinguished the Club. The project focuses on the recovery of the original perspective view between inside and outside, preserving original elements such as columns covered by mosaic tiles and historical appliques.
The interior design solution aims to create an environment that is sober, cozy, refined as well as inserting elements with a clear and precise formal and functional identity.
In the large lobby the space is divided by diaphragms that become connotating elements of the proposed decorative language, that separate reception area, secretariat office, shop corner and a relaxation & reading area bounded by a wooden floor and by a corten covered wall that echoes the color of the red earth of the tennis courts. The diaphragms are covered by large elaborated photographic image depicting characters or events that characterize the Circle, fixed on supports that allows interchangeability.
The reception elliptical counter opposes to the rigorousness of diaphragms, conceived with organic shape in homage to the Morelli curvilinear design of the pool changing-rooms area.
The “classic” and rigorous design of the project blends with contemporary choice of materials and lighting. At the reception, aligned with the entrance, a large colored plexiglass ellipse descends from the ceiling following the perimeter. Inside, the historic hanging lamps forms a chandelier that is made contemporary by the “colored transparent sign” that projects light and shadow on walls and floor, interacting with natural light from the large windows.
The lighting design characterizes the spaces, more playful in the bar and bistro, more elegant and refined in the restaurant.
The secretariat office is bordered by opaque panels and stained glass windows to guarantee the privacy of workers. The external courtyard is closed by a glazed wall along the portico and protected by a glass cover, making this area a more quiet and reserved place for conversation. The sober and fresh environment will allow to enjoy the beautiful perspective view of the greenery and of the pool in all seasons.
Each area has a scenographic feature and they dialogue each other thanks to the corten wall that became the “fil rouge” going from the lobby to the bar, bistro and restaurant.
In the bar, a long table allows to share a breakfast or quick lunch looking at videowall behind the counter that broadcast information about events and videos. Bistro and restaurant are characterized by corten covered walls, vegetable green and peeled trees that interact with the nature surrounding the Club and allows an ethereal distinction between inside and outside.

Project Gallery

Credits by Alberto Opalio

Project Location Address



  • Paola Galfione Barozzo

    Architect and Designer operating since 1990, master’s degree “cum laude” - thesis on “Designing for Textiles” dealing with textiles conservation in museums and exhibitions with a new design approach. Teacher of Museography, Interior Design and Architecture, Industrial Design at Polytechnic of Turin.  Professor of History of Industrial Design at IED (European Design Institute). Consultant in conservative restoration of Historical Shops and Pharmacies in Piedmont. Consultant of the "Council of Architecture, Urban Planning and Environment (C.A.U.A.)" assisting professionals and municipalities in technical-economical feasibility studies and design for  buildings renovation. Coordinator of "Project for Recovery and Valorisation of the Lower Village of Masserano", participatory planning with citizens. Author of the book  "Borgo Inferiore di Masserano. Itinerary to discover past and present" She works for residential and touristic accommodation, interior design, sports complexes, public spaces, restaurants, museums, exhibitions, social-housing, environmental design and gardens, developing a multidisciplinary experience that represents one of its strengths. Most representative projects: "Redevelopment of jhistoric mine buildings complex" in Traversella; Renovation of Borgata Mancin in Cantalupa to create a residential and tourist accommodation; Project of a 60-beds country hotel village and farm in Scansano (Tuscany) according to bio-architecture principles. Qualification as “CasaClima” Junior Expert and Biosafe Technician for qualification of buildings environmental healthiness, authorized to issue Fire Prevention Certificates Passionate about travel and cultures and environmental issues, worked for international cooperation in Brazil and Laos to identify and design eco-sustainable "zero emissions" products that represents local traditions and promote manual skills and local materials (silk, bamboo, paper) Author of several academic and technical publications concerning museography, historical shops, restructuring, interior design Winner of national and international competitions, lately for restructuring the Turin Press Club "Clubhoise Sporting" Since 1996 she experimented "Recycling and Reuse"  fashion design, creating "wearable sculptures" in materials from waste. Her collections were shown in exhibitions abroad.

Next Article

Next Up