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.
Riviera Cabin in La Spezia, Italy by studio llabb
May 13th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: studio llabb
The project deal with the renovation of an apartment in a Ligurian coastal town. The request of the client was to reorganize the 35 square meters in order to organize the rooms by dividing the living area from the sleeping area. The nautical culture (that is a strong peculiarity of this region) was fundamental for the development of the project.
The optimization of storage spaces inside sailing boats and the minimum dimensions within these spaces were the inspiration for the concept of the project. An “equipped wall” crosses the inside space, carrying various functions inside. This accompanies, as a path, the visitor from the entrance into the apartment to the living area, the heart of the house.
In the vestibule the wall, less deep, houses a small technical room, as well as the primary storage space. You continue with a small dressing room / closet, where you can break down, leaving the day behind. This leads to the living area where, like on a square, the sleeping area overlooks two levels.
The master bedroom is accessible through two large doors, and its interior – imagined almost like the inside of a whale’s ribcage – is bound by structural wooden ribs. These, like a cabin, contain the essential; a double bed and the minimum storage space. The terminal part of the wall, through a small door, leads to the second sleeping area, climbing up a steep staircase, as if climbing onto an attic of a small fisherman’s house.
The small openings that give light to the environment have been thought as windows that overlook at the living area. The wall, made of okoumè (also called marine plywood) is laminated in white and blue and the continuity between the hull and the sky is interrupted by the waterline which, from the entrance, leads the eye along the entire apartment. The kitchen, placed at the end of the wall path + waterline, is stretched slightly like a sail inflate.
Contact studio llabb