n attic apartment with a view. This is the new home of a young family who has dreamt of enjoying the splendid view over the Città Alta in Bergamo, northern Italy. As it often happens, the arrival of the first child, was an opportunity to turn it from an “almost” normal apartment with standard windows into a splendid attic apartment with glazing and a large roof terrace. There’s a time when everything changes and your home increases its value, just like this renovation demonstrates. A project its owners have thrown themselves into with passion.
This building is on the main road which leads to the Città Alta (lit. upper town). And opposite, a five kilometre-long medieval wall surrounds turrets and bell towers, which stand out from the skyline. You need to know that actually Bergamo (50 kilometres from Milan) has two town centres, which couldn’t be more different. At the bottom of the hill, the modern and dynamic commercial heart, and at the top the old town with wonderful squares, splendid renaissance monuments and ancient city gates.
The apartment was entirely renovated by the architectural team at studio Teka. This is a complex project, especially because the building is a triangle with a central staircase, plus they had to install an in-home lift. The answer was a free-flowing space between bedroom and living room. When open light filters from side to side. And, the main alteration: along the side closest to the city, small windows were replaced with uninterrupted glazing, opening onto the roof terrace.
In the kitchen, cabinets in the same shade of white perfectly blend in with the walls, and the central island with top and fronts in black Fenix complement the window frames. Bespoke Italia kitchen by Arclinea.
Clear and precise ideas, a passion for design and a fondness for furniture by Cassina and function. With this background, our two young owners took on this project. The construction lasted a year. During this time, they oversaw every single detail under the watchful eye of the architects and the in-house team of Interni, the interior design store who sourced the furniture.
Simple and crisp, the master bedroom with French windows on the terrace. Mex C bed by Piero Lissoni, Cicognino side table by Franco Albini, both pieces manufactured by Cassina.
Beauty, purity and great attention to detail. Our owners weren’t just looking for practical furniture, they also wanted it to evoke emotions, like only real icons can do when displayed dramatically. In front of the glorious beauty of times gone by, modern design wins us over with pure and simple lines. “Less is more” just like functionalist architect Mies van de Rohe stated. However, it’s also the view of the old domes, turrets and romantic bell towers which makes our heart beat faster!
City attic apartment
Location: Bergamo, Italy
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INTERNI – mobili & design
via Paleocapa 3L, Bergamo, Italy
Tel: 0039 035 21 99 59
Via F. Corridoni, 19, Bergamo, Italy
Photos: Courtesy Interni
Photo exterior, credits Francesca Perani