Here we present the Como Loft, a creation from JM Architecture.
When an old monastery located near the city of Como, Italy, was being remodeled and converted into a residential complex, two adjacent units were connected to form this duplex apartment. The shape of the original building is enhanced by the pitched ceiling direction at differing heights. The idea was to keep the shell intact, maintaining the open length of the unit with minimal change to the space. This was achieved by the insertion of an enclosed box on one side containing a small bedroom and two bathrooms, leaving an open space for the main home functions.
The small foyer main entry creates a sense of compression before entering the gallery, where the living spaces, kitchen, dining, and living are separated from the master bedroom by a lacquered block. In the drop between the two different ceiling levels, a video projector has been installed to play images on the wall above the kitchen. To allow for a maximum projection surface, the upper kitchen cabinets are hidden, sliding down via motorized system.
Another striking element in the main space is the staircase, comprised of an assembled steel beam with open treads made by a cantilever steel plate covered in wood. Canadian maple has been carefully selected for the hardwood floors; since maple isn’t stable with radiant floor heating, the planks were custom built with 2.5mm Canadian maple top and back layers on a particle board. These planks run up the master suite wall, which is lit by an upper light cove.
All perimeter walls and ceilings hide an additional layer of thermal insulation and the bathrooms are equipped with radiant panels in the ceiling. The walls adjacent to other units have been given additional acoustical insulation. Glacier white Corian is used for counter tops and sinks in the kitchen, laundry room, and the bathtub, showers, and parts of the bathroom walls. The house is fully automated and is managed by a server located in the studio on the second level. Everything has been custom designed, including the entire kitchen, bathroom sinks, beds, dining table, desks, and master bath.
We hope you enjoy viewing this unique design.
Angled view of kitchen and dining area, highlighting in-wall bookshelf with built in lighting, all-white furniture, and projection wall above sink.
Opposite view of kitchen, with projector on above counter space. Staircase with glass siding rests prominently above the dining area.
Close up shot of the kitchen sink and range area, highlighting minimalist design, projection area, and hidden cabinetry.
Side view of kitchen, with door size window covered in retractable shade.
Close up view of staircase, highlighting intricate mounting and under-wall lighting.
View of living room from kitchen area. Vaulted ceiling covering entire space, hidden projector, and under-wall lighting are visible.
Living room features TV embedded in media strip, large black rug for contrast, and simple sectional couch.
Side view of dining and living room spaces.
Living room close view, showcasing in-ceiling lighting, media strip on wall, and kitchen area in distance.
View down central hall from master bedroom. Staircase and kitchen are visible in distance.
View over bed through glass wall separating master bedroom and bathroom.
Master bathroom featuring modern minimalist sharp angles and simple white and natural wood tones. Transparent glass separates bedroom in background.
Large, cove-like shower.
Second bathroom showcasing all-white design with natural hardwood flooring, minimalist angles, and glass shower.
Far end of living room, with dividing wall featuring built-in lighting and hidden storage.
Study area with built-in desk and large white retractible curtain flush with wall.
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