In the Savoy city, the PlaC team of architects renovated a 1950s apartment, distorting its original coordinates: to maximize natural light, a bathroom area with a window overlooking the living room was created

The biography of this 1950s apartment in Turin somehow brings with it the history of our country.

Having returned from the bombings of the Second World War, in fact, the building that houses the house in question was, precisely in those years, subjected to the addition of a superelevation which extended the new life of the structure. From here, the original version of what today bears the name of 'Casa Sisu' was born, a 90m2 apartment that draws inspiration from (and denomination) from Nordic philosophy which appeals to tenacity and determination, demonstration of an individual with unshakable courage.

Built with a reinforced concrete load-bearing structure with beams and pillars, the architects of the Turin studio plac started precisely from this characteristic to reinterpret its characteristics and respond to the needs of the client, who, above all, asked first and foremost to obtain greater natural light. And, secondly, also to create additional environments such as a wellness space, a larger living room, an open kitchen and two bedrooms.

A bathtub with a living room view

The fact that the load-bearing structure was made of concrete, with beams and pillars, allowed the architects to completely demolish the internal partitions and completely redefine the spaces.

The original apartment was in fact composed of a large entrance hall with corridor, bathroom, two rooms and a kitchen, spaces which, according to the new owners' request, should have been transformed into a more functional and optimized organization .

To maintain faith in this need, always considering the importance of having abundant light and the desire to create a wellness space equipped with a small sauna and bathtub, the architecture studio has implemented an intriguing choice for those who observe and those who look after the house: the bathtub is equipped with an internal window that visually connects the kitchen environment with the wellness area.

The result is a maximization of natural light in the central area - previously decidedly dark - and of the cross ventilation of the apartment, as well as an ecological footprint which avoided the installation of an air conditioning system keeping the environment cooled naturally.

Natural light as a guideline

The need to enhance the brightness of the apartment also led to the definition of a renewed barycentric living space which divides the two bedrooms ensuring maximum privacy between the main bedroom, wellness area and study/bedroom area of guests.

Always respecting this logic, the original large entrance space has been reduced: the bathroom has in fact been moved internally, giving the plac team the opportunity to create an additional room and maximize the supply of light from the east .

Interconnected spaces

The fluidity of the flows reigns supreme in this fascinating Turin apartment: starting from the compact entrance, the space opens onto the large and bright living room, the fulcrum of the whole the House; from here you can glimpse the study and the wellness area, and you can clearly observe the points overlooking the panorama. Thanks to this logic, the connection with the outside reaches the tenant wherever he is.

The volume that leads to the bedroom also contains the wellness area and defines, through the alignments with the island, the kitchen space.

The tub with its internal window towards the living area is however hidden and establishes itself as an intriguing element of the house, waiting to be discovered.

A play of dynamism, between internal organization and finishes

From the modular logic of the new project, a notable dynamism also results, mainly defined by the use of large sliding doors useful for separating the environments in a modular way, but also by the internal curtains exploited as separators for storage spaces.

The doors, in addition to modifying the perception of space, strengthen the fluidity and connection of the environments. The element closing the entrance integrates a full-height mirror which becomes a functional element and visually doubles the space; in the wellness area, however, the linen curtains hide the sauna, a wardrobe area and the laundry area.

The materials also contribute to defining the fresh dynamism of the apartment, tracing a path and contrast between the areas throughout Casa Sisu.

The oak parquet with aligned slats accompanies from the entrance throughout the living area and in the extension of the study up to the kitchen area identified by the reuse of the original grits.

The wellness area connecting to the bedroom is characterized by a floor (Sensi white dust) and linen curtains in sand shades to recreate a soft and bright environment.

The tub cladding features blue Marazzi Rice tiles, defining a space full of colour. relaxing and enveloping.
On the contrary, the shower cladding in the bathroom was created with brick-coloured resin shower tray and 10x10 white tile cladding and colored inserts to define a dynamic and energetic space.

The other elements that strongly characterize the apartment are the external sliding doors, made of wood and covered with blue Forbo linoleum, which allow you to constantly modify the perception of space and light.

The approach regarding materials is based on the contrast between natural materials and steel detail elements such as the cladding of the island in corrugated galvanized sheet metal, the top and backdrop of the kitchen in stainless steel, the guides of the exposed doors, the structure of the ceiling shelf for plants and steel projector and mirror top to dematerialize the element.

The use of these metallic and reflective materials plays with the constantly changing natural light.

Traces of the fifties, remained in the apartment's DNA

Looking at the images of Casa Sisu, it is impossible not to notice the decrees that recall the soul of the 1950s.

In fact, the grittiglie floor which appears in the kitchen area, the parquet of the main bedroom was recovered from the original apartment and was made with a mix of essences (oak, cherry , chestnut) and an old door of the apartment (repainted and modernized with flute glass in vertical lines) used for the bathroom.