Duearchitetti, an architectural practice with a headquarters in Varese, Italy, took up the challenge to give a new life to the historical apartment.
Casa A.G. is a condo dedicated for two, located in Varese, in a part of a building from the end of the eighteenth century. The incredible value of this space is the original structure of the building, that was successfully saved by the team of duearchitetti. The architects combined it with contemporary design and high quality materials, finally forming a continuous dialogue between the surroundings and the construction.
The starting point for the whole project was the analysis of the existing structure, both of the ground floor and the semi-basement level. The architects focused on refurbishing the old parts, while adding new elements to highlight its value. “The main floor has a shape referable to a square, even though irregular. The presence of a beautiful manger in stone reminds us of its original destination. Thick walls divide more or less randomly the space, cross-barrel vaulted ceilings are flanked by wooden beamed ceilings”, the architects clarify.
While forming the layout, they use the advantage of the building to provide right amount of light in each area. Big rectangular openings facing the courtyard allow daily light to come inside, thus the inhabitants can enjoy its presence during the whole day. Additionally, a set of five windows characterises the north/west facade gives spectacular view on the beautiful city of Varese.
Deliberately selected choice of the material, contrasts with the old structure, same distinguishing contemporary parts. As the architects describe: “The subdivision of the internal space, necessary to satisfy the needs of the new destination, is done by specific interventions with selected materials. Glass is used to delimit the bathroom zones. Wood is used for the containing volumes in order to separate the entrance and to shield the sleeping area.” The wall system of the condo stayed untouched, the architects did not interrupt with the existing structure. To separate individual rooms, they added vertical pivot doors and satin finished glass walls. In the end creating sophisticated, yet convenient space to live.