In Innsbruck, a penthouse that looks far beyond the Austrian mountains, enclosing the atmospheres of the owner's twenty-year experience between Asia and Oceania

If the history of each of us is made up of encounters, someone was born under a lucky star in terms of elective affinities, even when speaking of interior architecture in the age of globalization. Like this work.

NOA, architecture and interior design studio, already several times committed to combine the traditional alpine atmospheres with distant worlds, has collected the exciting story of a client who spent four decades on travels and adventures between England, Singapore, New Zealand and many other countries; and, on the occasion of her return to Innsbruck, he 'packed' a house for her like an exclusive tailored suit.

An interior that speaks of other skies with the imposing silhouette of the Alps in the background.

“Each of our designs develops in narrative key. In this a further personal aspect was added, namely the memories of the experience that the client brought with her. Paintings, statues and handcrafted objects that needed to be displayed in a perfect setting”, says Lukas Rungger, NOA founder.

The penthouse in the city center appeared bare on first inspection, but when design meets light everything becomes possible and the top floor apartment is flooded with it.

Light pervades all rooms with its high energy potential.

The study of its impact in relation to the space and furnishings established the basis of the project which was confronted with a quadrangular plan of 135 square meters, a central nucleus already which houses the service areas and a staircase leading to the roof terrace.

Considering the three-sided orientation of the large windows and the possibility of having several functions follow one another in an open and contiguous U-shaped space, the designers arranged the various living islands in line with the trajectory of the sun.

"To the east, the morning light illuminates the entrance where there is also a small office area with a desk and bookcase, to the south-east a comfortable corner sofa dominates the living area, to the south is dedicated to the two freestanding blocks of the kitchen, while the softer light of the sunset spreads over the dining table for eight, positioned to the south-west,” they explain.

Two bedrooms on the west side conclude the path.

The light has therefore risen to the central element of the design: "proof of this is the unanimous choice of the name of the apartment, Omarama, which means 'space of light' in the language of Maori, an indigenous people of New Zealand with whom the hostess has come into close contact”, continues Lukas Rungger.

To better enhance the perception and the effect of well-being it produces in the rooms, the color palette has been reduced to the essentials: black or white combined with a saffron yellow as the only bright note that warms but at the same time releases a softer energy.

In the same way, the furnishings, with extreme attention to detail, participate in the construction of a purist geometry with a graphic matrix. The layout has thus become the product of a sober and refined interpretation that recalls Asian mood with a strong contemporary feel, especially in the lamps and oak strip boiserie, suitably balanced in the texture.

“We wanted to emphasize the dark tones, using black quartzite, varnished oak, metal. Using the expedient of the wooden strips, we also darkened the walls, so as to transform the overall environment into a backdrop with a soft atmosphere, where only the Alps and a few selected product design objects were in the air. center of attention”, continues Niccolò Panzani, interior designer.

The black quartzite alternates with the white one on the surfaces of the living area, where the kitchen becomes one with the living room in the name of conviviality; nature is stylized on the bathroom tiles where white is transformed into abstract superimpositions: in the play of contrasts, even the three nón lá, the traditional Vietnamese straw hats with the shape conical, the large Indian painting in the dining area and the Burmese statue of the warrior with an umbrella represent the freshness, sophisticated relaxation and time suspension of an apartment to be lived deeply , looking far beyond the Austrian woods and mountains.

And, as Ettore Sottsass, also born in Innsbruck, wrote, who knew about travel and much more: “Space becomes matter and becomes a part of the world, an arm, a thigh, a breast of the world.

Space is not a blackboard on which to write the multiplication table.[...]. Space is full of hidden sighs and storms and oceanic silences. Space is alive, space is an organism, space is not to be measured with the metre” (Scritti, Neri Pozza, Vicenza 2002). P

More prosaically, emotions live in space.