Founded by Annita Vecchierelli and Vincenzo Nozza in 1962, the Tre lanterne restaurant has always been a reference point for good italian cuisine in the lowlands of Bergamo.

Project Name: Tre Lanterne Restaurant
Studio Name: Massimiliano Gamba Architects

Photography: Adriano Caramenti
Project: 2013
Construction: 2014

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Expression of a tradition in taste, the dishes still reveal the simplicity and genuineness of a family Kitchen, where quality is assured by a passion for “good food” and “good drink”.

Now in its third generation, the restaurant is managed by Gianpietro, who commissioned the architect Massimiliano Gamba and Tino Sana to characterize at best a “place” where you can taste and enjoy food and wine with friends, where the culture of “to sitting at the table” helps to be happy.

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The restyling was developed closely together with the client. Requirements and targets, limits and constraints were clear from the very first meeting with the manager, as one would expect from a restaurateur who knows his profession well.

It was a tailoring job and we worked, as the saying is, with the available fabric.

The building envelope was emptied and the passages leading to the different rooms were refurbished. New materials for floors, ceilings and walls define the new box, with warm tones and soft finishing.

The pursuit of essential, the practice of removing rather than adding, the quest for  expressiveness of materials and the synthesis of the creative act characterized the design process and the construction site.

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The uppermost materials are wood and corten steel. The former widely used as single woodtype for coverings and furniture. The latter combined with wood in sideboards and drawers, and as freestanding sheet, such as the origami divider at the entrance.

The three “clouds” on the ceiling characterize the room and represent a successful integration between beauty and functionality. In addition to a dramatic role, the three clouds perform the function of acoustic baffles and of lighting.

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The false ceiling is characterized by sound-absorbing circular inserts apparently randomized.

The light is provided by four independent and dimmable lighting systems that allow infinite combinations and atmospheres.


Massimiliano Gamba

Trained as an architect at the “Politecnico di Milano”, Massimiliano Gamba graduates in 1996 with the thesis “Utopia and anti-utopia in the architectural technology of the works of Renzo Piano and Aldo Rossi”. His thesis supervisor is Fabrizio Schiaffonati.

In 1997 he obtains from the “Politecnico di Milano” the professional registration and, in 1998, he becomes member of the Order of Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects and Conservation Architects of the Province of Bergamo.

Owner of Massimiliano Gamba Architects, he performs and coordinates the design activities in product design, architecture and urban design.

As an expert in matters concerning landscape design and environmental sustainability, he lends his expertise as a consultant to companies and public administration entities.

Over the years Massimiliano Gamba matures extensive experience through small and big design challenges on the themes of living. Faced with commitment and passion, these works give back, as in a balance of give and take, what constitutes a precious baggage of culture, expertises and sensitivity in continuous evolution.

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