Penthouse at the Ca’ Brutta is a minimal penthouse located in Milan, Italy, designed by Studio Wok. The Ca ‘Brutta, designed by Giovanni Muzio in 1922, is a building with an important role in the city’s architectural history. The clients’ request for a contemporary home both in style and in the living spaces made a comparison with the noted history of the building inevitable. The existing plan was divided into small rooms connected by corridors in a very classic setting.
The dialogue between the new contemporary home and the building’s history can be mainly seen in the living room. The space appears to be suspended between two worlds: history and classicism in the elegant stuccoes on Muzio’s original ceilings, contemporaneity in the use of the materials on the floor and in the wide and fluid plan. The walls contrasting with the numerous windows are the frame that hosts the new family’s story: the objects that inhabit the shelves in the wall and the intense blue color strongly mark the space.
The carpet in the entranceway welcomes visitors and acts as a filter between the apartment and the rest of the building. The space is outlined in a precise manner, in contrast with the expansion of the living room, accompanied by the vault in the design of the ceilings. The home is articulated on the trace of a path that outlines the different gradients of privacy that are particular to each environment. Considerable attention is paid to filter devices used to mediate the relationship between spaces of different relevance.