Living in a Loft

A series of photographs from Domus archive, showing Marco Zanuso’s house in Milan: the attic of an old building in Milan, facing the Sforzesco Castle.

Zanuso, Domus Archive, at the home of Marco Zanuso in Milan, 1958
Marco Zanuso designed his house in the attic of an old building in Milan. It stands out for a long window with a view of the Castello Sforzesco. We offer a series of images of the upgrade done to the initial design from 1958. On Domus 1006, October 2016 a broad rereading of Zanuso’s work.

This article was originally published on Domus 341 / April 1958


Some years ago we published the first version of this flat, furnished and lived in by the architect from Milan, Marco Zanuso, found right under the roof in an old house: its distinguishing feature, the varying floor levels, and the very long continuous window – a window-slit – overlooking the sky and the towers of the Castello Sforzesco. 

Appartamento a Milano di Marco Zanuso, Archivio di Domus, 1958
Top: A corner of the living room: the Arflex modular sofa, designed by the architect; the lamp hanging from a chain is a street lamp. From the long window, a glimpse of the top of the Castello Sforzesco.
Left: The living room: a part of the furniture has been there for some time; the floor is covered by a yellow coco coir mat, matching the ceiling moulding. In the photo on the right, the living room wall towards the master bedroom
Now, this flat has been upgraded on the same floor: there is a new private “sleeping area” (master bed, bath, additional bed): the living room, now reaching the outer corner of the house, and has left some space for a study; the children’s area has also been upgraded with its own bath and “day area”; the former entrance is now an office, and a new entrance was created. Both plans are interesting to observe, in addition to the new particular solutions (ceilings, walls, closets). The old home furniture is still there, while the new series ones, designed by the architect himself, have in part been changed.

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