Location: Milan (IT)
AOUMM – Argot ou La Maison Mobile
Riccardo Maria Balzarotti
Matteo Umberto Poli
Sangalli Arredamenti SNC
Bathroom fixtures and shower trays
Taps and faucets
Design and construction: 2020
An open living room and the reorganization of the sleeping area were the objectives of the refurbishment of a 95 sqm apartment in Milan on the fifth floor of a building from the 40s, near CityLife neighborhood.
The partition wall between the kitchen and the living room has been demolished to create a unique living area: the space is divided by a screening bookshelf, placed between the two pillars, providing spatial and visual continuity. The bookshelf, made of plywood, becomes a storage element and a seating for the dining table, turning into a visual and functional pivot between the kitchen and the living area.
In the kitchen, developing around a worktop island, cabinets’, drawers’ and storage units’ doors open thanks to triangular grooved handles – proposed on furniture around the whole apartment. Walls and ceilings feature colors marking space cut-outs, characterizing the environments as colorful origami.
Two separate sleeping areas are accessible from the living room through frameless sliding doors. The access to the master bedroom passes through a walk-in closet, working as a filter from the living; after passing under the niche of the built-in wardrobe, an intimate space appears, characterized by soft and neutral tones, recalled in the Arts & Crafts wallpaper. The bathroom matches darker shades, as petrol color and marble-effect grey stoneware on the floor and in the shower.
Single rooms are accessible through a filter as well; the two rooms are divided by a large sliding element, a double, full-height door meeting the need for flexibility in daily use as well as adaptable to future, long-term requirements.