With the International Sleep Day coming up (March 18th) we have asked 4 architects to help us understand how to design the most peaceful and restful bedroom.
According to Nisi Magnoni, founder of the NM Architetti studio, there are two essential factors to create sleeping environments capable of guaranteeing a quality rest: the study of the cut of the house, which means creating the necessary separation areas so that the sleeping area is truly a place of privacy, and the supply of services and accessories designed to guarantee total freedom.
"In our concepts dedicated to bedrooms - explains the architect Magnoni - the idea is, above all, to offer 'protection domestic' to starting from the distribution of the rooms that takes into account both the solar orientation and the domestic road system. In a nutshell, between day and night we try to avoid too many contaminations: if in the rest of the house there is something else, for example, if a friendly meeting continues in the living area and someone wants to retire to go to sleep, we try to guarantee acoustic stratification through areas of separation.
It is also necessary to keep in mind the control of visual privacy from the outside, through the windows, bearing in mind the well-known rule: at night what is lit inside can be seen from the outside. For this it is useful to prepare diaphragms, technical curtains or Priva Lite glass, for example, so as to always offer serenity to those who, by undressing, do not have to deal with possible permeability visual.
I emphasize the importance of this gesture, the undressing, which, if truly free from worries, already becomes the first act towards a truly beneficial rest. Undressing with total relaxation and freedom is a liberating gesture, always, whether it happens in everyday domestic life or in a hotel room. Living one's nakedness, walking, staying in the room and even more importantly, in the bathroom, offers a sense of enormous physical and above all mental relaxation.
This is why in our projects we always try, as far as possible, to equip the bedrooms with a bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe. We are convinced that it is increasingly necessary, especially in big cities, to have quality of space, of services and comforts to enjoy a great rest and a well deserved good sleep. Not without, of course, an excellent mattress and an excellent pillow, which remain among the best investments when renovating the house."
Light in all its forms is the pivotal element around which the projects of the sleeping area of Massimo Alvisi, co-founder together to Junko Kirimoto from Alvisi Kirimoto. Natural light, suitably filtered, artificial light designed to measure for the needs of those who live in that space and orientation of the windows: the study of these three variables is the starting point to ensure a good rest.
"The sleeping area encloses the private world - explains Massimo Alvisi - an opportunity to create a welcoming space tailored to those who will live it. To design the bedroom, I always start from the study of light, which is the main element, whether it is natural when you wake up, with the possibility of having double light filters, or artificial, designed ad hoc to create different scenarios.
Today, the bedroom can also be used as an alternative space, part of the more public dimension of the house. Finally, an important theme is the orientation of the bed, always facing the window to look at the landscape".
Matteo Soddu, co-founder of the Roman studio Studiotamat together with Tommaso Amato and Valentina Paiola, describes the ideal bedroom as a space that collects, inside, different functions each housed in a micro specific environment. Furniture on measure, therefore, capable of responding to the needs of those who live them, different every time and a search, targeted in detail, of separator elements.
"Design research - says Matteo Soddu - is always aimed at the quality of living, the bedroom is no exception. Whenever possible, it stimulates us the idea of integrating it into a larger space, where different functions are performed in addition to rest, such as body care or study.
The headboards of the bed, designed to measure, can serve as a basis for various activities in the most confined spaces, while wings made with sliding panels or curtains they can shield micro-environments within the same room. The bedroom must for us give vent to the personality of those who live in it, the use of color in a calibrated way is already in itself a ploy to design it, color the ceiling and part of the walls helps us to define an intimate space that stimulate reflection more.
The goal is always to arouse an emotion towards those who experience that space on a daily basis. We prefer materials warm and natural, wood offers limited heat loss, and with an underfloor heating system, the barefoot sensation is certainly satisfying!"
Then there is the rest of those who travel, therefore in an environment that is not that of everyday life, inhabited by known objects and habitual gestures. The project research for Giulia Delpiano, co-founder together with Corrado Conti, of the studio Ovredesign, specialized in the creation of spaces for hospitality, is aimed at making the usual gestures rediscover in unfamiliar rooms.
The architect Delpiano explained to us how much today the judgment criteria of a hotel room have evolved by customers: in the first place cleanliness is required, which means not only clean environments, but designed to be easy to keep in order and to offer an idea of freshness through the details.
"The hotel industry must provide comfort with a broad spectrum - underlines Giulia - therefore cushions of different thickness and softness in order to satisfy different needs. Today, however, he must above all avoid those exclusively decorative elements, such as runners, bedspreads and cushions, which take away from the sense of cleanliness. We like to use small precautions when they allow it, such as adding a tag under the bed with the words 'we have already thought of it' ".
Ease of use and aesthetic impact are the other essential factors in the design of hotel rooms. Ease of use that touches on different aspects, from having everything at hand, to easy-to-manage night lighting, to silent refrigerators. Furthermore, from the point of view of sound insulation, Giulia Delpiano explains that "the headboards of the bed cannot be those of the house.
We design pre-wired custom made headboards, to be considered as real furnishings that allow you to avoid holes in the walls (the main culprits for the loss of sound insulation). Our proposals start, in general, with custom-made furnishings, because they are able to give an identity to the rooms: today standardized bedrooms are really not very popular. "
We can summarize in the careful research of environments designed for privacy and personalized in the smallest details, therefore, the direction of the project trends for today's sleeping area: isolated, essential in shapes, but full of functional proposals and, above all, designed to invite the most regenerating rest.