GALILEO house by CMQ architettura

Making a modest apartment look larger than it actually is

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From the post-war period to the 1970s, Milan gathered a large variety of residential buildings. With the expansion of the city, these buildings turned from a sprawl condition to be part of the vital tissue of the city. However, in most cases, it is difficult to find a clear architectural value over the single edifice. The project is set in a small 75sqm apartment located in one of these buildings. The interior layout of the apartment has remained unchanged since its construction, with a blind corridor that served as the entrance and gave access to the various spaces of the house.



The freedom of the program has allowed us to investigate the value of an apartment that had no specific architectural quality. We realized that the conformation of the building lets the apartment to gather direct natural light all day long through three different views facing East, South and West. This characteristic has led to the realization of a unique space that could restore a relationship with the light in every point of the house, making the Earth revolution to be perceived within a small domestic space.

▼室内空间透视,interior perspective


▼一个由走廊衔接的、完全连贯的空间,a single space that extends from one side to the other

By denying any division, the entrance, the living room, the kitchen and the bedroom are placed in a single space that extends from one side to the other, allowing the external element of light to cyclically change the perception of the house in every point of the apartment.



The service areas of the cloakroom, the bathroom and laundry have been designed by subtraction and have been treated through pure walls, which soften their presence.



不同的材料在塑造空间独特性的同时还带来了不同程度的私密感。入口、起居室和厨房采用了米兰经典的“Ceppo di Grè”石材,卧室及其过渡区域则选用了木材。木制饰面还被运用到了阅读空间的背景处,为公寓带来更加温馨的感觉。蓝色的墙面则成为了所有空间的连接元素。


The different materials tension the image of a unique space to allow different degrees of intimacy within the house. The entrance, the living room and the kitchen are made of typical Milanese stone, “Ceppo di Grè”, while the room and its connection with the rest of the house are made of in wood. Placing these materials on the walls made it possible to generate a domestic atmosphere, which, in one case is translated into the background of the memories of the owner, while in the other wraps up a small reading space. The blue painting, from simple decoration, becomes the linking element of all the environments.


▼阅读空间,reading space

▼作为连接元素的蓝色墙面,the blue painting becomes the linking element of all the environments


Galileo was an Italian scientist who lived between 16th and 17th century. Considered the father of modern science, among his greatest contributions to progress, there was the introduction of the scientific method and the refinement of the telescope, which allowed him to observe the cosmos and demonstrate the Cartesian thesis. As in the case of the Galilean telescope, that makes an object appear larger than it actually is, the choices of not treating the corridor as a service space and of not hiding the room in a corner of the flat allowed us to perceive the entire depth of the house, making a modest apartment look larger than it actually is.

▼室内细部,interior detailed view

▼概念模型,concept model


▼改造前平面图,plan before renovation

Project size: 75 m2
Site size: 75 m2
Project Budget: $65000
Completion date: 2018
Building levels: 1
Project team: CMQ architettura

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