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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.

Studio CHP in Torino, Italy by PAT. architetti associati

 
July 24th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: PAT. architetti associati

The office is located at the piano nobile of a XIX century building on Piazza Solferino, one of Torino’s main squares.

Formerly occupied by an insurance firm, the space has grand rooms still adorned by the original old wooden floors and decorated vaults.

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

  • Architects: PAT. architetti associati
  • Project: Studio CHP
  • Location: Torino, Italy
  • Photography: Tommaso Buzzi
  • Renderings: Arch. Nicolò Radicioni
  • General Contractor: Edil Di Maggio s.n.c. & C
  • Area: 250 m2
  • Year: 2015-2016

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Distribution is from a central corridor, which we found in bad conditions and thoughtlessly organized: a dilapidated mineral fiber tiles suspended ceiling, walls altered, incongruous columns.

This long hallway a was non defined space lacking relation with the surrounding environment, creating a disturbing presence.

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

The brief from the client required:

  • to redesign the corridor and improve its look;
  • to emphasize the grand spaces and their original architectural features;
  • to have a law firm not looking as a law firm, whose main charcters should have been elegance and sobriety.

The design thrives on a strong contrast in color, style and perception between the hallway and the work spaces.

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

The hallway is a monochrome, cocoon-like environment, painted in a dark hue of blue (Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue) conveying a visual flattening. The perception of the anomalies surfacing from the walls is nullified by a system of mdf panels. A new take on the XIX century wooden panelings, the painted mdf panels hanged on the walls at different angles carry a strong sense of fluidity to the space. The charcoal grey carpet flooring, and soft, warm, indirect lighting all contribute in creating a metaphysical environment. The only license to the modulation of the space is through the use of tiny recessed spotlights (Nulla by Davide Groppy), which emphasize each door, generating gentle islands of light.

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Opening the doors, one has the striking perception of entering another dimension. Office rooms are set in “total white” and inundated by natural light, contrasting with the dark monotone of the hallway.

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

The grand rooms have been brought back to their former glory, restoring the old wooden floors and painting the walls in very opaque gypsum white, enhancing the existing stucco decorations through the chiaroscuro effect generated by the lights.

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Image Courtesy © Tommaso Buzzi

Renderings:Arch. Nicolò Radicioni

Renderings:Arch. Nicolò Radicioni

Renderings:Arch. Nicolò Radicioni

Renderings:Arch. Nicolò Radicioni

Image Courtesy © PAT. architetti associati

Image Courtesy © PAT. architetti associati

Image Courtesy © PAT. architetti associati

Image Courtesy © PAT. architetti associati

Image Courtesy © PAT. architetti associati

Image Courtesy © PAT. architetti associati

Image Courtesy © PAT. architetti associati

Image Courtesy © PAT. architetti associati

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