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Paradise on the rooftops of Milan

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W

e set the scene: north-west Milan, near Rho-Fiera, a sprawling urban hinterland chaotically built in a variety of different styles, which range from veritable architectural masterpieces to grating property speculations. However, even in this area it has been possible to build a little slice of heaven. A CEO of an international communication's agency, his partner and their young daughter, have turned the eighth and last floor of a brand new block of flats into their dream home. In fact, they have managed to turn this blank canvas into a safe haven, where they can hide away from the stress of city living. 

 

A large roof terrace, slatted timber patio and white seating: this is a classic scheme which reminds us of our holidays. Tables, armchairs and sofa from the InOut collection by Gervasoni.

 

The main specification of this project: a large roof terrace. Our couple loved having a balcony in their previous home and were keen to transfer this pleasure to their new place. After a long search, their finally found a flat, very close to both of their parents, which could potentially become their dream home. And they found it, almost by chance, walking passed a building site and seeing the billboard of a new block of flats; the foundations hadn't even been laid yet. The top floor penthouse was still unsold, so they could still agree on all the interior specifications.  

 

In the large swimming pool (Kos), a sequence of rainbow coloured lights comes on and off. Each colour is a different emotion: vitality, happyness, calm, renewal, harmony, balance and spirituality.
In the large swimming pool (Kos), a sequence of rainbow coloured lights comes on and off. Each colour is a different emotion: vitality, happyness, calm, renewal, harmony, balance and spirituality.

 

Bulky technical details have been carefully hidden. For example: the structural frame of the swimming pool is concealed under the mezzanine floor, solar panels for heating water are fitted on top of the roof. What you have here is a little corner of heaven.

 

A canopy above the „lounge“ area. It shades from the sun, the rain and even from the wind, which at this height can be a force to reckend with even in Milan.
A canopy above the „lounge“ area. It shades from the sun, the rain and even from the wind, which at this height can be a force to reckend with even in Milan.

 

Essential to the lifestyle of our business-man and his family: an enchanting home to welcome family and friends, which can also make a statement when entertaining business partners and colleagues. The roof terrace, nearly the same size as the whole apartment, is divided in three different areas: swimming pool, “lounge” and outdoor kitchen, fitted with a barbecue for summer parties.  

  

 

A perfect example of patio doors, which are the right size to let the sun in, even during the dark winter days. In the foreground, sofas and coffee tables by Flexform.

 

A luxury home which is at the same time beautiful and functional: this is not a contradiction. The lady of the house has personally chosen the interior, guided by the expert advice of the architects Colla Arredi, who have supervised all of the design stages. Hospitality above all. This doesn't surprise us, as communicating with people is exactly the line of work of the man of the house. Guests are greeted by a large open-plan space, which opens onto the roof terrace. This includes kitchen, dining room and living room.   

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In the entrace hall, a plasterboard partition with built-in alcoves. Bepoke storage by Cappellini.
In the entrace hall, a plasterboard partition with built-in alcoves. Bepoke storage by Cappellini.

 

In the background: dining table in glossy lacquer (Gamma by Cappellini). In the foreground: a bookshelf in matt white lacquer, designed to make the most of this space.
Kitchen in matt white lacquer with counter top in Corian and induction hob, Boffi. „Side by side“ fridge, Subzero.
Kitchen in matt white lacquer with counter top in Corian and induction hob, Boffi. „Side by side“ fridge, Subzero.

 

Penthouse: 140 square metres. Roof terrace plus balcony: 120 square metres. While there were clear boundaries for the outdoor space, there was a lot more scope for the design of the interior. The owners decided to have two separate bedrooms built; each one with en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet. A spacious laundry room, which can also double up as a store room, leads on to the service balcony. And this keeps the flat clutter free.  

 

Bottom left: the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet. To the left: dining room, kitchen island, living room and the large roof terrace with swimming pool.
Bottom left: the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet. To the left: dining room, kitchen island, living room and the large roof terrace with swimming pool.

For anyone, but especially for those who, like our CEO, travel around the world for work, coming home is something extremely special. A perfectly planned home, a spectacular outdoor space to enjoy with family and friends: this is the stuff of kings! 

 

In the master bedroom: bespoke walk-in closet with sliding doors by Rimadesio. Sommier bed by Radaelli, Flamant coffee table.

 

Glamorous bathrooms with shining mosaics (Sicis) and refined fixtures and fitting by Boffi.
Glamorous bathrooms with shining mosaics (Sicis) and refined fixtures and fitting by Boffi.

 

Summing up: this is a real jewel, especially for parents, relatives and even the little girl, who can roam about and enjoy splashing in the pool with all her little friends.

 

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Design project

Refurb of a metropolitan penthouse

Location: Milan, Italy
Client: Private

Size: 140 sqm + 120 sqm roofterrace 

 

Design project: Mario Guano and Cristina Colla architects

Interior design and furniture: Colla Arredi srl, Alessandria, Italy

Lighting design: Colla Arredi, lights by Flos and Davide Groppi

Construction: Edilizia Vanerio sas, Novate Milanese (MI)

 

www.collarredi.com

Photos: Courtesy Colla Arredi

 

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