Minimalist Vertical Loft in Palermo with Clever Space-Saving Solutions

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Minimalist Vertical Loft in Palermo with Clever Space-Saving Solutions

Architects: Studio DiDeA
Project: Minimalist Vertical Loft
Collaborators: Andrea Collodoro
Architect in Charge: Tim Hossner
Location: Palermo, Italy
Area:66 sqm
Year: 2017
Photography: ©Studio DiDeA
Budget: 50.000 €

From the architects: Studio DiDeA converted a former brick manufacturing facility located in an historical building in downtown Palermo into a residential interior: a tiny vertical loft with clever storage and space-saving solutions featuring double-height spaces and a black steel staircase.

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The two storey loft has a longitudinal development (3 meters x11) with a groin vaulted ceiling. The designers had to face some obstacles mainly due to the small size and to the lack of natural lighting -the apartment takes sunlight only from two high industrial windows opening on an internal courtyard. For this reason all of the furniture is custom made to to create a comfortable and cohesive interior environment fulfilling the owner’s practical and aesthetic needs. The choice to use light coloured materials brightens the space.

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From the internal courtyard an industrial iron door provides access to the ground floor where there are the kitchen, dining and living room and a small bathroom. The steel staircase takes centre stage, conceived as a functional volume encasing an under stair kitchen closet, whose main feature is its deep grey colour.

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The kitchen cabinetry was designed to optimize the space. It can be opened and become a fully equipped cooktop and kitchen sink with a drop-leaf opening table. The dining zone features an oak dining table underlined by a pendant light; from here a small living zone is organized through a sofa placed in front of a tripartite unit made from oak built into the wall.

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The stair -whose first 4 steps realized in oak wood provide extra storage space – leads to the night zone on the first level with the bedroom overlooking the double eight, walk-in closet and bathroom.

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In contrast to the resin flooring of the first level the night zone features an oak wooden parquet flooring except for the bathroom.

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The groin vaulted ceiling is enhanced trough lighting spots placed at the base of the arches.The headboard behind the bed works acts as separating panel with the walk-in closet.

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“ This place was a small artisanal brick manufacturing workshop. Designing a minimal house in an historical context was a complicated task requesting us to study and look for architectural devices allowing us to save space still respecting the original architectural shape” says DiDeA.

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