When an old monastery located around the city of Como, Italy, was being remodelled and converted into a residential complex, two adjacent units have been connected to form this duplex apartment.
The shape of the original units is enhanced by the different pitched ceiling direction as well as by their different heights. The insertion of an enclosed box on one side containing a small bedroom and two bathrooms, leaves to an open space the main functions of the home.
Tailored in every detail
In the main gallery the living spaces are separated from the master bedroom by a lacquered block. Canadian maple has been carefully selected for the hardwood floors, and the floor planks modulate the position of all the elements, from the walls to the millwork.
Glacier white Corian is used for counter tops and sinks in the kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms, for the bath-tub, showers and parts of the bathroom walls. The other characteristic element in the main space is the staircase, which is an assembled steel beam with open treads made by a cantilever steel plate covered in wood.
All perimeter walls and ceilings hide an additional layer of thermal insulation and the bathrooms are equipped with radiant panels in the ceiling. The walls adjacent to other units have been covered with a led layer to give additional acoustical insulation. The house is fully automated and is managed by a server located in the studio on the second level.