Tuesday, July 3, 2012

One simply spectacular space

After such a long lapse, I'm excited to be back. I thought it only fitting to start off with an extra special space - something extraordinary and far away from the every day. This spectacular home in Monza, just outside of Milan, Italy definitely fits the bill. This home actually started out in the early 1900s as a burlesque theatre, later became a bank before being abandoned and left dilapidated before the current owners found it and undertook a massive transformation. Valeria Presezzi and her family worked with renowned Italian architect Piero Lissoni to create a serene and tranquil home around the building's original historic shell.

The piece de resistance is the large glass atrium in the middle of the building, softening the starkness of the space with a touch of natural green and making it seem that much more serene and inviting.  

Fittingly for a former theatre, the high ceilings open space provide lots of room for drama like this over-sized glass chandelier designed by Lissoni for Italian lighting brand Vistosi.

The contrast between the original mouldings from the theatre and the clean modern lines make the space so much richer and more dynamic. The skylight atop is a wonderful feature - flooding the space with natural light and emphasizing the beautiful architecture.

The all white palette keeps the emphasis on the spectacular architecture and stops the space from becoming too visually busy with too many colours or patterns. Despite its lack of colour, I think it'd be impossible to ever find this space boring. 

"I love this house for its light and silence. I feel totally at peace when I come home", says homeowner Valeria. 

{All photos by Serge Anton/ Living Inside for Elle Decoration UK, April 2012}


Dancing Branflake said...

Welcome back! Beautiful home. I cannot imagine how it would feel knowing it was first a burlesque theater then a bank. So awesome!

escapade said...

Thank you DB :)
The home has quite an unusual story doesn't it? I kinda like the deep sense of history though...

David Barclay said...

What an amazing building, that's certainly had an interesting history! I can't imagine living in a place like this, but it would be a wonderful place to hold events. It would also work well as an ultra modern hotel.


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