Property State / project hypothesis. The Client has been supported during every stage, from the sale to the design phase. Our Client chose solution # 4a from the variety of project hypotheses we suggested. This solution offers an extremely balanced merging of the two units previously divided. The design strategy allowed to fully satisfy the needs of the Client, therefore creating a central area, intermediate between the living area and the sleeping area (a flexible, multipurpose space) that could be used as a study or an area to welcome your guests, and in the future, even more. The living area, onto two slightly different levels, is a single space although able to feature well-separated functions. Great value has been attributed to the 10sqm large window that looks directly onto the river: a charming and evocative view that strongly characterizes the dwelling. A number of openings and transom lights in doors further increase the depth and the control of the natural light of the house.
In addition to the functional and aesthetic aspects, the project has focussed on the fullest respect of the supporting masonry (the building dates back to the Middle Age). The merging of the two units into one and the new plan was done without upsetting the building structure.
08. The large floor-to-ceiling window facing up the river: the most charming area of the house.
09. The large central hall, an important volume, a representative space with a height of nearly 5 meters, welcomes guests entering the flat and becomes an area connecting the most private part of the house with that dedicated to hospitality. The floors are made of big-sized (60 × 120) porcelain stoneware tiles in ivory / sand colour. All plant, hydrothermal and electrical components have been remade and fully upgraded.
10. The staircase joining the two levels of the living area is a monolithic block; the treads, the risers, and the sides have been interconnected with slabs cut at 45°, therefore showing great care for details and reinforcing the idea of continuity between the two floors.
11. The entire sleeping area is paved with large oak staves; an oak has been selected poorly flamed, of opaque natural colour, without any polishing paints.
12. Bathrooms interiors too feature delicate shades of colour, flooring is uninterrupted also inside the shower and the masonry wall makes the installation of a shower enclosure useless.
Via Bixio, Parma
230 mq total area
38 mq portico and terrace
36 mq dependence
35 mq garage
150 mq created by combining two adjacent apartment units
Type of intervention:
Design and complete renovation of the housing unit