The apartment is located inside a construction belonging to the building fabric that
took shape in the first expansion of the eighteenth-century Turin beyond Piazza Vittorio Emanuele I (now Vittorio
Veneto), namely the district of Borgo Po.
The building, rebuilt after the bombings of the last conflict, is characterized by a simple volume, the fronts on the court and on the street treated with plaster, wooden roof and mantle in tiles. The load-bearing walls, consisting of "bag" walls, are partly made of recycled materials (solid bricks mixed with river stones).
I The rooms, located on the second and last floor of a double-facing wing - towards the internal courtyard and the adjacent street in a north-easterly direction - are characterized by the widespread presence of a strong deterioration that involves all the building components: plasters, floors, technological systems and windows.
The overall renovation project of the building started from the need to make visible the global spatiality of the original volume, eliminating any incongruous element. It was necessary to expand the spatial perception and the luminosity, with the awareness that every interior design must dialogue in particular with the "voids" to be convincing in the articulation of the "full”. On a technically level, we operated by subtraction: complete demolition of the finishes and of any pre-existing planks, elimination of the wooden false ceiling, bringing out the roof warping. The great vacuum thus obtained has allowed the new spaces to be articulated through a compositional program aimed at highlighting the large and small wooden warping of the cover.
The remarkable height of the environment has allowed the use of the balcony - study and the
metal and wooden staircase to give readability to the new compositional disposition. The inclusion of a
large - full-height – sliding window in opal glass and metal, placed in front of the existing
window adjacent to the entrance, allows the lighting in the bathroom.
The insertion of a glass brick panel in the floor structure of the overlying top allows the light to penetrate below, indirectly illuminating the large Jacuzzi tub.
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