p.248 Hou­se on the roof

AD (Italy) - - Case. - words pho­tos NICOLETTA DEL BUO­NO – MAT­TIA AQUI­LA

ON A VENETIAN ROOF­TOP, AN OLD STRUCTURE WI­TH BARREL-VAULTED CEILINGS IS JOINED BY TWO NEW TRANSPARENT VOLUMES. Mi­ra­cles can hap­pen at the ga­tes of Ve­ni­ce. On­ce upon a ti­me the­re was a laun­dry room, a rec­tan­gu­lar volume wi­th a vaulted cei­ling, part of a re­si­den­tial buil­ding da­ting back to the 1970s. No­thing spe­cial, but enou­gh to set Gio­na­ta Dal Poz­zo, an ar­chi­tect and en­tre­pre­neur, to thin­king. «It would ta­ke so­me ima­gi­na­tion», he says, «to add so­me­thing that would gi­ve it the di­gni­ty of a hou­se, but wi­thout al­te­ring the structure». Using part of the lar­ge roof­top, Dal Poz­zo has flan­ked this “hea­vy” block wi­th two wings of pu­re light­ness. «Two vi­tri­nes in glass and steel, ca­no­pies wi­th so­lar pa­nels for ener­gy in­de­pen­den­ce. Pla­ced on the lon­gi­tu­di­nal axis of the exi­sting por­tion, they con­tain the li­ving area (di­ning and kit­chen) and the be­droom zo­ne». Be­low the vault, pier­ced by dra­ma­tic ar­ches, the­re is now an at­mo­sphe­re of in­ti­ma­cy, per­fect for con­ver­sa­tion, whi­le the trans­pa­ren­cy of the new spaces con­veys a sen­se of open­ness to the outside world. The new volumes fea­tu­re lar­ge gla­zings, ma­king it pos­si­ble to ex­tend the do­me­stic space out­doors, shel­te­red by the ca­no­py. The spaces are open and fluid thanks to the eli­mi­na­tion of struc­tu­ral en­cum­bran­ces. Great ca­re has go­ne in­to the fur­ni­shings. «I work wi­th fur­ni­tu­re and de­co­ra­ting on a dai­ly ba­sis. He­re I wan­ted the colors to ha­ve a ma­jor ro­le. Strong but har­mo­nious, ba­lan­ced to pro­du­ce vi­sual contrast wi­th the new whi­te, mi­ni­ma­li­st spaces». The thea­tri­cal ap­proa­ch ma­kes use of ma­ny design clas­sics. The Up arm­chair by Gae­ta­no Pe­sce, wi­th its ideal­ly fe­mi­ni­ne cur­ves, fo­sters in­ti­ma­cy in the vaulted space, whi­le the ir­re­gu­lar sha­pe of the Stan­dard so­fa by Fran­ce­sco Bin­fa­ré en­cou­ra­ges in­for­ma­li­ty, and the Ro­se Chair by Ma­sa­no­ri Ume­da seems li­ke an in­tro­duc­tion to the se­cret ha­ven of the be­droom zo­ne. Other pieces, li­ke the Snoo­py ta­ble lamp designed by Pier Gia­co­mo and Achil­le Ca­sti­glio­ni, or the big clo­the­spin crea­ted by Giu­lio, Pao­lo and Mi­che­la Bal­des­sa­ri, add amu­sin­gly vi­vid pop to­nes. Eve­ry ob­ject is the­re to play a part, in an ove­rall per­for­man­ce of li­fe that is bo­th en­ga­ging and sur­pri­sing. «The fi­nal plot twist is the ter­ra­ce-gar­den», Dal Poz­zo con­clu­des, re­fer­ring to ano­ther pla­ce wi­th an enig­ma­tic au­ra, fea­tu­ring the Ne­mo chair by Fa­bio No­vem­bre. «It is a ho­me-ate­lier, for li­ving and wor­king. Professional en­coun­ters are tran­sfor­med in­to en­joya­ble, con­vi­vial mo­men­ts, in whi­ch clien­ts be­co­me friends. Ar­ti­st friends li­ke the sculp­tors Bru­no Luc­chi and Bru­no Ca­ta­la­no co­me to visit. A pla­ce to talk about design, art, the world, and li­fe in ge­ne­ral».

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