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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Residential Building in Milano, Italy by DAP studio

 
February 10th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: DAP studio

According to the main goal of contemporary architecture, to renovate buildings in order to make them a resource for the future and a driving force to new ideas of cities, DAP studio’s project of this Short Term Residence can be summarized by three words: transforming, regenerating and adapting.

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  • Architects: DAP studio (ELENA SACCO, PAOLO DANELLI)
  • Project: Residential Building
  • Location:  Via Bellincione, Milano, Italy
  • Photography: BARBARA CORSICO
  • Software used: autocad, sketch up, adobe illustrator
  • Structural project: ENRICO VILLA
  • Plants project: EBNER ENGENEERING
  • Building site supervisor: PAOLO DANELLI

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Image Courtesy © BARBARA CORSICO

The project is a perfect example of renovation of a peripheral building. Its look and its use have been deeply modified and adapted to the needs of its new inhabitants.
Transforming a private residence in an apartment building has been a cause for reflection on the implications of adapting a building to a new way of living (mostly based on short stays) and to a new built landscape.

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All the additions made to the building over the years (balconies, terraces, arcades) have been removed and the original shape of the volume, in its rigor and simplicity, is now visible.
Moreover the garden is now a place of relationship and comparison between future residents and urban space.

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In order to equip every apartment with a balcony and to keep a certain distance from the neighboring buildings, the project was carried out through two main actions: the addition of new parts and the “excavation” of some others.
To underline the difference between these different surfaces they have been covered in different colors.
The facades design is based on a modular grid on which is set the composition of windows, balconies and cladding.

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The covering is made of thin porcelain tiles directly applied on the coat insulation, facades materials and colors perfectly integrate with the surrounding built landscape.
Moreover the flights of porcelain sheets draw on the whole facades a subtle pattern that embellishes the building.

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The apartments are arranged on four floors, their size varies form 50 mq to 80 mq and new stairs and a new elevator connect them.
Outdoor areas have been deeply modified in order to maintain a continuity of landscape in the whole surrounding garden. Part of the ground floor has been transformed in a portico that connects the main entrance with the back of the building.

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The construction of the underground car park required increasing the height of the back yard, it has also been divided in two different areas: a paved one and a green one.
The front yard and the back yard are quite different from each other: the former, facing the city, is a place of relationship between the building and the city itself; the latter is a private and quiet area.

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