Inspiring attic apartment located in Milan, Italy, designed in 2014 by Studio Gum.
Description by Studio Gum
The Moscova house is a volume with rectangular plan, placed on the fifth and top floor of a nineteenth century building, situated in a street corridor connecting the ?garden? of the city of Milan, the Sempione Park, to “Chinatown”, whose pronunciation perfectly alludes today to that cosmopolitan quality of big and small cities. The longitudinal development of the plan measures 5×20 m: the elongated west side adjoins to a symmetrical apartment, presenting thus no openings, while towards east wide roof openings offer a broad view onto the skyline of Porta Garibaldi. The structure is of masonry and the thick partition walls of pressed bricks of which it consists divide the space in four communicating areas, connected towards west by a series of aligned openings that offer a full visual lengthwise from one end to the other. On top of the one sided pitched wooden roof, a row of skylights delivers a significant amount of light towards the ?blind? side of the house.
The client is a young couple with two children who decides to return to live in Italy after many years abroad. The request consists of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a laundry room, a living room with adjoining kitchen, a reading area and a study for the children.
The program foresees to keep and emphasize the longitudinal axis as the funtional and distributive solution to the project. The addition of a mezzanine on top of the axis strengthens the program and, together with a staircase system (one for each room), allows a fluid circulation: from each room it is possible to reach any part of the house, on both levels. A system of sliding doors designed to measure allows to separate, if required, individual areas thus allowing the desired degree of privacy.
The ?telescope? organization of ancient palaces, with their sequences of rooms, allined doors and circular connec...