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Apartment in Genoa

On the Waterfront

A 40 square metre space and rooftop terrace for stylish living in the historic centre of Genoa
Author
Laura Maggi
Photos
Anna Positano
Architect
Gosplan Architects
Surfaces
BLUSTYLE
Year of completion
2018

The large windows and a special skylight illuminate the interior of this 40 square metre mini-apartment and offer splendid views of Genoa and its port. Designed by the firm Gosplan Architects, this small jewel of a home is located on the top floor of a building close to the Old Pier, a defensive structure that has protected the city’s port since the Middle Ages.
The floor space has been divided up between a living area with kitchenette and a sleeping area with bedroom and bathroom. The prevalently white interior is dominated by an airy open staircase that leads to the terrace. «The bedroom is separated from the living room by a custom-built white OSB unit, which on the side looking onto the sleeping area houses a wardrobe and on the side facing the living room forms the first ramp of stairs,» explained the architects. «A second series of metal steps suspended from the ceiling leads to the upper floor terrace overlooking the shipyards and loading cranes. It was this surrounding context that inspired the raw finishes of the furnishings, particularly the OSB panels and the metal staircase, as well as the metal beams used to reinforce the ceiling after an access hole had been opened into the previously inaccessible upper floor terrace. Rather than concealing these structural elements, they were accentuated by painting them white in contrast to the grey ceiling.»
A harmonious and well-balanced relationship with the environmental context is one of the defining features of the firm’s projects. Founded in Genoa in 2010 by Federico Bellegoni, Nicola Lunardi, Veronica Rusca and Lorenzo Trompetto, Gosplan Architects believes in architecture as a «mass medium. As such, it is a generator of shapes, a narrative about space. Like any medium, architecture is not based on the occasional transmitted message (environmental sustainability, functional programme, creative code, etc.) but on the creation of new connections: connections between forms, concepts and people. An architecture that is aware of its role as a medium is able to evaluate its impact on the world, because a medium always connects two different realities.»
As part of a meticulously planned renovation project, the Barrique collection porcelain tiles (Rhone Cru version in a 20×90 cm size) from Blustyle by Cotto d’Este were chosen for the flooring throughout the entire apartment in a shade that fits in with the dominant colour scheme. The collection, the name of which derives from the art of winemaking, is based on research into the authentic essence of wood and combines several premium timbers such as oak, walnut, fir and larch.

Tiles
Blustyle by Cotto d'Este, Barrique
Type
porcelain stoneware
Sizes
20x90 cm
Colours
collezione Barrique nella variante Rhone Cru - formato 20x90 cm
Technical characteristics
Water absorpion (ISO 10545-3): 0,05 %
Chemical resistance (ISO 10545-13): LA-HA
Resistance to deep abrasion (ISO 10545-6): 145 mm3
Stain resistance (ISO 10545-14): conforme
Frost resistance (ISO 10545-12): conforme
Modulus of rupture and breaking strength (ISO 10545-4): 50 N/mm2
Slip resistance (DIN 51130): R10
Thermal shock resistance (ISO 10545-9): conforme
Crazing resistance (ISO 10545-11): conforme
Linear thermal expansion (ISO 10545-8): conforme
Certifications and awards
ECOLABEL
LEED
EMAS
ISO 14001
NF UPEC
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