Quinzii Terna Architecture has recently refurbished a 50 square meters apartment from the early 20th-century in Milan. The aim of the project was to discover that what yesterday was economic is today almost sophisticated and precious. So the architects’ approach was to maintain the original intention and some traces of the previous inhabitants, such as the arch between the entrance and the living area, a first attempt to open the spaces between each others, especially the ones of conviviality, like the living room, to mark the passage between the different areas of the house in a lighter way.
But what the original project offers is precisely the space, in its different dimensions, the high ceilings, the long corridor, the large rooms, areas that we are no longer used to, with the surfaces designed nowadays to reach the minimum dimensions in an economic context. The space, in fact, is the object of the greatest transformation and so the new project folds the old one without breaking it, without canceling it completely.
The space, which is already there with all its qualities, is released and re-structured with light elements, the furniture. These pieces, like large objects, create new environments, no longer as separate spaces but as nuances of space, continuously modified by a movement of furniture, which open, move, rotate, become alcove, deposit, surface of work, archive, game.
Taut to the structure of a remembrance – the original floor portions, with the traces of the demolished walls – the new space is a sum of possible actions, which reset the house from time to time, transforming it into a light device, easily adapting to changing needs of its inhabitants – in this case, a fan of model railways.