Refurbishment and renovation of a single family dwelling to a high-end standard in Milan
Torpego Architetti has renovated Villa N&A in Milan, originally built by Italian architect Luigi Caccia Dominioni after World War II in what is now known as the Fiera Area.
The property was formed by a main house and a small dependence, a medium sized garden completed the building on its rear.
Over the years the property undergone massive alterations and it was lately split into two residential units, with the demolition of the original internal staircase and the closing up of a double heighted space at ground floor.
In 2016 the Villa was purchased by the current owner as a home for himself and his family, a general refurbishment was then required to merge the two residential units back again and to provide contemporary living spaces shaped to the new homeowners’ needs.
The property interior was previously formed by a series of dark rooms, therefore the main aim of the project was to create brighter spaces with improved visual connections between the different levels. It was mainly achieved by reinstating the double height space that floods the living areas with natural light.
The entrance is now accommodated beneath a new cantilevered glass canopy, once inside the visitor is let through few steps to the combined living and dining area that extends along the main elevation and opens up to the rear garden, while the kitchen wraps around one of the two fireplaces, facing the street. A bedroom with an en-suite completes the property at this level.
On the upper floor the landing, with its steel balustrade, faces the double height area and extends around the living room providing a library area; the master bedroom with an en-suite, along with the kids rooms are accommodated at this level. Utility and plant areas are located in the basement.
The dependence constitutes a separate volume with an independent entrance connected to the main property by a stone staircase. The garage occupies its ground floor, while a self -contained accommodation is located on the upper level. The roof garden is accessible via a corten ladder from one of the first level terrace and through the internal lift.
The architects chose simple materials for the interior to ensure a sense of consistency throughout the house. The custom-made steel staircase with oak steps, along with two Finnish natural soapstone fireplaces provide the focal point of the ground floor. The spaces are floored with oak engineered wood and fitted with bespoke joinery jointly designed with the client and made from American black walnut wood.
Windows and French doors are surrounded by thick oak linings that stand out against the pastel interiors, framing the outside views.
Villa N&A is a low-energy house and the design embodies a set of specific best practices to make it extremely energy-efficient. Among those there is a thick insulation, two Carrier heat pumps that, alone, operate radiators and air-con the property, 60 m2 of PV panels to produce energy and 8 m2 of solar panels that supply hot water.
Torpego Architetti is an award winning architectural practice led by Claudio Perino with a diverse portfolio of projects in the residential, commercial, education and cultural sectors. The office was originally established in 1989 by Claudio Perino and Giovanni Toretta in Turin, Italy. Following Torretta's retirement, over the last year, the practice has evolved and expanded and now operates also from London.