Ville & Casali

How colours change the look of a house

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The architectu­ral studio Officina 8a has redesigned the interior of a house in the foothills of Turin, preserving some of the farmhouse’s traditiona­l features

For anyone who knows the city of Turin and its districts, the foothill area ranks highly as a top location. For a couple

with children, the opportunit­y to live there presented itself when they bought a house built in the 1980s/1990s in the traditiona­l farmhouse-foothill style.

“They fell in love with certain features that they really wanted to preserve in the refurbishm­ent. We made absolutely no structural or layout changes, despite the state of neglect,” recall Francesco Capitolo and Bernardo Ascanio Rossetti, founders of the Turin-based architectu­ral studio Officina 8a (www.officina8a.it) in an interview with Ville&Casali. “We imagined an optimal solution that both enhances the original rustic features while also elegantly complement­ing a contempora­ry and functional design”. To do this, a conscious decision was made to achieve a measured contrast of nuances and materials, playing with different textures and more intense hits of colour. White, anthracite grey and wood work in harmony in the living room and bedrooms.

“The colour palette was key to creating visual continuity throughout the house, breathing new life and light into every room,” explains the architect Francesco Capitolo. “The driving force behind this design was the perspectiv­e views. One the one hand it was important to accentuate the exterior and the views of the city while retaining the beautiful original windows, but on the other hand we liked the idea of creating a path between the rooms, connecting them by generous openings in anthracite grey,” explains Rossetti.

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