This apartment located in a southern suburb of Milan, Italy and was renovated by DVDV studio architects. The renovation project was called ‘blue and concrete’, and you’ll see that it’s all about it.
The house is a studio with a terrace on the first floor and a three-room apartment on the ground floor. The design organizes the space by volumes rather than in plan. This approach creates a need for a mezzanine and leads the insertion of an iron footbridge. Together with the staircase, these elements become the axis of symmetry within the entire residence and a main feature of the space.
The spaces, volumes and functions are designed by DVDV to enable plentiful light, air and views. Most of the vertical partitions are glazed and softly obscured by drapes to ensure the client’s privacy at night. A palette of color and textures are carefully chosen to complement one another and suit the personality of the client. Dark blue, grey and concrete and metallic materials are used throughout to create a contemporary style. Timber is also utilized to bring an element of warmth into the apartment.
On the ground floor, there is a big kitchen with doors made of corrugated aluminum sheets. Almost all the furniture in the apartment has been custom designed. ‘Poi’ is a modular system of drilled panels and shelves; ‘Bau’ is a dining table made of a black walnut top held by four brass feet with different folded shapes that enter and cut the wooden top; ‘Zag’ is a suspension kitchen lamp made of a bended brass sheet and luminous panels.