The Moon Over The Bonsai | Andrea Bella Concept

Recovery of an apartment located in a historic building of the nineteenth century in the heart of the city of Turin, northwest Italy

The surface  is about 160 square meters, and the height of the ceilings reaches almost 4 meters high. Large windows illuminate the interior of the apartment from the north and west.

Second Award | DAF 2016 Awards

Category: Residential Interior (Built)

Participant  Name: Andrea Bella

Country: Italy

The Moon Over The Bonsai (1)
The Moon Over The Bonsai (1)

The concept of open-space has guided the design choices and directed the distribution choices. Initially, the apartment was divided into 9 different rooms, obviously rather small in size, including narrow and dark corridors towards the inner part of the property.

Now there are only three, each measuring an area of about 50 square meters, including a small bathroom for guests.

The Moon Over The Bonsai (2)
The Moon Over The Bonsai (2)

All non-structural elements have been felled to create three large rooms in sequence, in which they have found in place all the necessary functions for a luxury apartment. The flow begins with the living area, characterized by two split levels, one for entry and passage, and the the higher devoted to a conversation area.

At the entrance, the back of the sofa which is  more than 5.2 meters long, is hidden by a low bookcase, exactly as long as the sofas.

The Moon Over The Bonsai (4)
The Moon Over The Bonsai (4)

This species of a library is characterized by 6 hidden drawers that hold books on the front, and, thanks to special trolleys, which make them removable, allow you to use the storage at the back,  for  keeping  objects intentionally hidden from view. From this area one will continue to the second area, the middle, through two steps characterized by wonderful restored vintage doors.

In the central square plan, is a large wall consisting of cabinets lined with brown fabric, a central island for the kitchen, complete with hood and retractable tap, a second block of furniture  is found at the back of the island, which accommodates the fridge, ovens, pantry, closets and laundry. A particular solution designed and adopted for the kitchen island,  thanks to a sliding glass top, hides the stove and sink,  and allows the top  to be used as a table for breakfast or a quick meal.

The Moon Over The Bonsai (5)
The Moon Over The Bonsai (5)

The table in the dining room was specially designed to complete the features of this room.

Behind the wall cabinets you have access to the toilet for guests on one side and the third and last room, the bedroom in the other direction.

The bedroom is characterized by a subdivision of the floor on two different levels. On the lower level is the bed while on the higher, the desk and the main bathroom.

The Moon Over The Bonsai (6)
The Moon Over The Bonsai (6)

Even in this room, the walls on the sides of the bed are hidden behind cabinets lined with brown fabric.

The long bathroom, is characterized by a completely transparent wall that allows natural light to reach the most hidden parts of the apartment.

The particular crystal adopted for the bathroom wall, allows the penetration of natural light whilst ensuring a maximum of privacy within the environment.

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