URBAN CABIN: Mini living with a Persian twist
The micro-apartment of just 25 sqm has been designed for a local couple, of Italian and Persian origin living in Bergamo, Italy. It consists of the restoration of an open porch, contiguous to a private garden. Low-cost materials, attention to thermal insulation, flexibility and privacy are the key elements of this project, where bold, contemporary architecture and Iranian culture blend creating a reassuring feeling of intimacy and warmth.
The attitude towards the design is ironic and playful, de-dramatising architecture with forced use of poor but strongly characterised materials, bold colours and deliberate use of diagonal lines. With the intent of extending seasonal uses and allowing new ones, the cabin was conceived to give a sense of quiet and intimacy at one with the surrounding nature, as well as to provide privacy from the high-density urban location.
A minimal and multifunctional lodge set at ground level, which summarises functionality and stylistic resourcefulness of a living space; a roof garden as an extra outdoor area. With this new intervention, the external shape has been kept unaltered, prioritising great openings and an “earth” façade colour; a second skin, a new stately and playful shading characterises the whole restoration.
A perforated metal grid folds freely in front of the south façade and defines a triangular exclusive garden: an openly declared reference to ancient Persian arches and sun shadings here adopted also as a functional response to the need for privacy.
The limited dimensions and extreme narrowness of the existing building suggested a full custom-designed interior, where flexibility and multi-usage became key factors; two monochromatic areas in open contrast. Warm OSB (Oriented Strand Board) defines the living room (19sqm) as a unique texturized surface while a dramatic blue glossy resin, reminiscent of Persian indigo, cover service areas.
Planning partners: Project leader: architetta Francesca Perani - FPEnterprise Collaborators: Ilenia Perlotti - Interior designer Intern jr. architect: Ilaria Odoli photo: Francesca Perani styling: Chiara Birolini cutout illustration: cutoutmix Engineer: Roberto Belotti Heat
Client: italian-persian family
urban cabin exterior
urban cabin exterior
urban cabin inner garden
kitchen - shower room