Entering the apartment you feel a unique sense of “daily equilibrium”, it seems that architecture seeks the formal simplicity and merges with the history of stone walls accumulated over the years, with the materials and furnishings, creating a “creative edge” isolated from the routine and sometimes even from reality.
The project of Gianni Veneziano and Luciana Di Virgilio provides three levels of the exceptional restoration of an historic building of about 1850, located in Molfetta just outside the historic downtown area, developed in the air in a 700 call “new rooms”, real close to the port or, better, near the shipyards in the port of Molfetta (in the province of Bari).
The original area had a traditional arrangement, with the classic “corridor” that released the rooms, while the new building project interprets the space giving it a new function in relation to the needs of contemporary living.
The architectural plans are developed on three levels:
Ground Floor: the living area that communicates with the kitchen, bathroom and the laundry area;
Floor +1: two bedrooms and a bathroom;
Floor -1: living area, spa (jacuzzi, turkish bath, emotional shower, bathroom).
The predominant materials are the concrete, left exposed in the two concrete stairs and cast in situ for the access to the three levels, the digital mosaic, that has wonderful drawings as well as watercolors by Gianni Veneziano (graphically processed and literally “spread” on the surfaces for 250sqm among the walls located in the different rooms, and mainly in the spa area, and, moreover, the glass, the woods finished with white oak for the floors and furnishings made to measure, including the kitchen area, which is instead defined in lacquered wood because it was conceived as something completely merging with the architecture.
The last element, last but of a very strong presence, is the stone, laid bare as rock with a typical local working of some walls, as well as the tufa arch of downstairs.
Careful choice of the complex lighting system / home automation including “best seller” lighting elements of companies such as Viabizzuno, Artemide, Danese, Flos, Ingo Maurer, and furniture, that if don’t serve a technical function becomes extremely connotative as the “Proust” Mendini for Cappellini, the “Wiggle Side Chair” by Frank Gehry for Vitra.
Photo Michele De Candia