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Abandoned 18th C stable in Varese becomes modern classic home

Asked to convert the stables of an 18th century villa into a home for a couple and their daughter, Paolo Gelso and Nicoletta Binello designed minimal modern inserts to preserve all the original features of the former manger: a stone trough, a doric column and vaulted ceilings.

To preserve and level out the old floor, the architects added wooden platforms which also serve to craft rooms, like the entryway and bedroom. The kitchen is an all-in-one unit that also serves as the wall of the entry. The bedroom is shaped by a closet wall and a wooden floor that also houses bed slats for a Japanese-inspired floor bed.

Pivot doors were shaped to fit to the existing arched ceilings. Floor-to-ceiling opaque glass delimits the bathrooms.