A RENOVATION BY A RENOWNED ARCHITECT
STRONG AND EXCITING, THE TABLE BY RIVA 1920 IS LIGHTENED BY A PATTERN MADE OF CONCRETE TILES DESIGNED BY PAOLA NAVONE. THE TOP SURFACE IS BUILT WITH 42.000-YEAR-OLD KAURI WOOD FROM NEW ZEALAND EXTRACTED FROM PEAT SWAMPS AND PENNED BY RENZO PIANO
aola Navone imagines a new life in an ancient Bacheria. And the limit of an excessive volume becomes a plus point in the freedom to live
The telephone call. “Upon receiving the request to handle the renovation, I replied that it is rare for me to take on private projects. However, I was softened by the sincerity of the client who was tormented by doubts as to whether living in such a large space could ever be pleasant. Feeling curious, I left for Spello. I found myself in a space covering 500m2 which, at its highest point, reached 9.5 metres, with a roof. Crazy, but challenging.”
The start. “The place and the idea of how to fulfil the functions of living are the fundamental aspects of my projects. Then it is the light, materials, furnishings and colours that form an atmosphere. Often my houses, even the urban ones, are defined as holiday homes and I am pleased about that; it shows that they convey serenity and lightness. In Spello, it was important to understand how it would be possible to organise a life for two people who enjoy their privacy”.
The works. “From the urgency of holding everything together through an iron support, I got the idea of the balustrade that runs around the whole perimeter, outlining a mezzanine at the entrance, which is home to a fireplace area suspended in the passage between the living and sleeping areas. And then the presence of concrete tiles in shades of grey designed and made by hand in Morocco which, in the dining area, act as a rug for the table and in the sleeping area, laid along the perimeter, transform the wooden floor into a rug”.
The choice. “I had stayed at the home of some friends which had been designed by Paola Navone and I loved it as soon as I saw it. It was then that I knew she had the right qualities to take on a bold project: skill and artistic invention. Convincing her was tough, but the journey was an exciting discovery. I wanted a fireplace and, surprise surprise, it was flying in mid-air; I needed spacious wardrobes and I found myself with storage towers. I was afraid of feeling “lost” in the space and instead I feel protected, enveloped by light, surrounded by beautiful things. Paola surprised me for her concreteness and competence. She always finds brilliant solutions; she is a volcano”.
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