Our clients, residents of Milan, wanted a weekend home—one that supported their athletic lifestyle—and had found a house that, though not a historic building, needed a modernistic makeover (including the swimming pool they had their hearts set on).
With clients who did not bring significant financial resources to the table, we had to create work that we could be proud of while understanding what could be realistically financed. The building was structurally sound … but … bland.
Using the existing external walls as a palette, we clad them with sleek, aluminum paneling that’s part of a high-performance ventilated facade system that includes a thermal-acoustic coating. This not only creates a contemporary look, but a class-A energy rating. We opened up the interior with new and expanded windows and glass doors that lead to the garden and new pool—all part of transforming a staid interior into vibrant and airy living spaces demarcated by transparencies, solids, and voids. Flourishes include a custom-designed 8+ meter bookcase (which serves as a filter passage to the bedrooms) and “stylistic hybridization” that revisits elements from the era the original home was built with contemporary design and a new generation of materials.