rchitect Silvana Citterio lives with her husband in a beautiful countryside home just outside Milan, but stopping in town after work is almost inevitable. Silvana wanted to turn these few square metres, conveniently located close to the city centre and public transport, into a place to be loved and where she and her husband can stay when necessary. The design of the tiny thirteen-and-a-half sqm studio apartment was designed like a multifunctional cabin, where each detail slots together or overlaps, using every single inch.
The overall design results from circumventing an obstacle; this takes the form of the 1,2-metre-high service core for the entire building, which sits in the corner. Inspired by how the previous resident used it as a raised platform for a bed, Silvana decided to extend this structure the entire length of the wall. And by lowering it by 20 cm, she turned it into a usable surface with a small walk-in-closet inside, accessed via a hatch, and a kitchen in the front which can be used by flipping the platform open. On top, sofa-bed and breakfast table with two chairs.
This tiny four-and-a-half by three-metre room was successfully turned into a pied-à-terre. It could have been crudely described as a whole, and it’s amazing to see how Silvana Citterio turned it into a really functional and also surprisingly beautiful space. Needs must, and in the end, it’s quite cool to imagine to be on board ship in the centre of Milan!
Refurbishment of a 13,5 sqm pied-à-terre
Location: Milan, Italy
Interior design project and furniture sourcing:
Architetto Silvana Citterio
Via Crema 8, Milan, Italy
Tel: 0039 328 686 1608
Courtesy Silvana Citterio