An architectural mirage. Eutopiarch x PF+AM
The Fata Morgana is an optical phenomenon, a form of mirage, that happens when rays of light, passing through layers of different temperature, distort objects' appearance, making them look like floating, suspended in a fuzzy, dreamy fog.
The concept for ca'MORGANA, stemmed from a very precise vision the owner had in mind since the beginning: a project linked to the atmosphere the spaces would infuse, more than to physical and programmatic aspects. The two floors of the flat - the lower residential level and the above terrace - were consequently approached and treated like two different layers according to the Fata Morgana effect: together they would create the illusion of a sandy, warm land, topped by a lush green oasis.
On the lower floor, to get the desired outcome, the existing linearity of the spaces was modified by the addition or subtraction of volumes, giving a new rhythm to the flat's surfaces. Walls and floors, inside and outside the apartment, were then all coloured in light beiges: slightly different shades of a peculiar sand tone play with the light incoming from the numerous windows, creating a soft and welcoming atmosphere.
The daytime and nighttime areas, laid on the opposite sides of the flat, are connected by a long corridor, with the structure of a classical gallery, where an opaque wall, with a linear library filled with books, faces a more porose one, characterised by a series of windows, opened onto a continuous balcony that surrounds the whole apartment.
The three bedrooms are the only spaces where the original parquet flooring was kept, yet varnished in a hue similar to the cement gently invading the rest of the flat; the three bathrooms are differentiated by the colours of the micro tiles covering the walls.
The whole apartment is a tribute to a peculiar kind of chic minimalism, typical of the 90s: the simplicity and lack of decoration creates a classy atmosphere, enhanced by the presence of few but very special contrasting pieces, both modern and from past ages or far places - such as bold lighting elements, the collection of antique paintings, pieces of furniture and other objects.
An industrial staircase connects the residential floor to the above terrace: the hoovering oasis. A central iron gazebo creates a shady spot to relax on bespoke sofas while a continuous hanging garden grows along the perimeter of the terrace, creating a green wall shielding it from the surrounding buildings.
MBA costruzioni, Tecnicem, Total Plant, CDR Elettrica, Axel Boerr Landscape, Rota
Fioriere, Lucchini Vittore
Photographer: Lorenzo Piovella
TECNICEM: micro cement flooring
ZUCCHETTI KOS: Helm, Gilm
KALDEWEI: Puro duo
LAMINAM: custom bathroom basin
KERAKOLL: parquet varnish
MOSAICOMICRO x NERO SICILIA: Micro 6 Talco
WEVER & DUCRé: recessed spot light
OLIVARI: Serenella handles
KRYPTONITE: Krossing bookshelves
DE PADOVA: Quadrato table
ARTEMIDE: NUR lamp
Pragma x EUTOPIARCH: Giano floor lamp + Innesti mirror, candle holder, ashtray