Our clients purchased a historic spinning mill, part of a small castle complex dating to the eighth century overlooking Trescore Balneario in Bergamo, a small city outside of Milan. The mill building was built in the nineteenth century—but had not been in use for a century and had been seriously neglected, including a partial roof collapse—while other buildings on the property had already been renovated.
Radical architectural changes would not be appropriate in such a historic setting, but changes needed to be incorporated to make the space suitable for a modern family. Our clients expressed a desire for large, bright spaces and the ability to host dinner parties.
To maintain harmony with the rest of the castle complex, exterior work was discreet (though it was significant due to the underlying physical needs of the building). With the use of new structural steel beams and columns, we were able to empty the interior of walls and create more open, fluid areas using glass partitions—creating a perfect setting to host our client’s contemporary art collection. Existing door and window openings were retained, with local materials—like Zandobbio marble crafted by local masters—used to maintain original formal elements.