The architect Pietro Airoldi was the responsible for this phenomenal transform. He turns the Sicilian apartment into an amazing open-plan space, choosing left traces of old partition walls as a reminder of its previous layout.
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Located on the fourth floor of a 1930s building in the center of Palermo, the 110-square-metre apartment was originally laid out as a series of small rooms.
Local firm Pietro Airoldi Studio rearranged the residence so that the entire space benefitted from the light provided by two courtyards – one very large and bright with tall trees, and the other much smaller and darker.
A central open-plan space in the reorganized layout hosts the living space, dining area and kitchen, while a studio, guest room and bedrooms are located off the main space.
Decorative cement tiles that used to line the edge of the floor in each of the apartment’s old rooms were salvaged and reassembled into colorful rectangular formations. One is positioned at the entrance of the apartment and the other at the entrance to the bedrooms.
Where new partitions have been inserted, the architects have taken care to integrate custom cabinetry including shelving, storage and desk space made from birch plywood and lacquered MDF.
The apartment’s main open-plan space is separated from the studio and guest room spaces by two custom-made furniture dividers.
A smaller shelving and cabinet unit located in the center of the main space is used as a room divider between the living and dining areas.
Pietro Airoldi operates his eponymous studio from Palmero. Other projects completed by the architect range from exhibition design and interiors, to product and furniture design.
Photography is by Francesco Giardina.
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