A hidden and flexible room in a renovated apartment in Padua

Italian-Finnish firm Collaboratorio reshapes  the spaces of a former office in the city’s historic centre around a wooden volume that discloses a new bedroom 

Inside a flat located in the historic heart of Padua, Collaboratorio has shaped a functional space for a young couple, designed to adapt and transform. The house, which had become an office during the 1980s, is now a light-filled environment proposing a different division of space.  

The original plan organized  the living area in two separate rooms: the architects demolished the partitions to obtain a single room hosting living room, kitchen and bedroom. A wooden “box” was inserted into the space: a custom-made furniture system, a room within a room integrating the sleeping area, with a small internal window facing the flat. 

Appartamento a Padova
Renovation of an apartment in Padua, Italy. Photo Simone Bossi Photographer

The intervention creates a brighter and wider home: views are extended through the exterior and the interior, and the openings – distributed only on a 6-metre wall – are fully functional, allowing natural light to enhance the livability of the interior, and to pour inside the new hidden room. 

The bathroom was also enlarged and a small laundry room was added. The interior uses natural materials that age with time, producing their typical patina that adds aesthetic qualities to the surfaces: walls are modelled with clay, while floors and furniture are made of oak wood – elements that recall an almost ancestral environment where nature dominates. The studio also incorporated new technological solutions such as wall heating in the main space.  

Appartamento a Padova
Renovation of an apartment in Padua, Italy. Photo Simone Bossi Photographer
Renovation of an apartment in Padua, Italy
Padua. Italy
Private apartment
60 sqm

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