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PLD House

Location: Bologna
Designer: Pierluigi Molteni Architetto
In cooperation with: Alessia Curella
Steel doors and windows: Paolo Cocchi
Building construction: 2010-2013
Location: Bologna
Steel profiles for doors and windows: Palladio Spa
Special finishes: Rossetti Verniciature
Photos: Luca Capuano
The house in question has a unusual site in the deep heart of the city

occupying the top three floors of a typical Bologna corner building with a direct view of the main historic and architectural monuments. The close proximity of the Church of St Mary of Life suggested the design for the large windows to offer an unhindered panorama of the impressive construction. The window and doorframes are made using steel with a variety of styles: tilting foldaway, lifting and sliding with very narrow labyrinths, tailor made by the frame constructor to the architect’s and customer’s requests. Likewise the caissons for the lifting, sliding frames have also been designed with an internal seal to cover some previously unattractive features without having to work on the masonry. The frames were painted using the sample colour provided by the architect and aged manually, rubbing the steel surface with wire wool.
Inside the vertical connection feature is centred with respect to the horizontal layout of the rooms and has been redesigned, so that the passage between the different floors in the house is much more fluid. The stairs lead to the top terrace with its all-round view of the city and nearby hills. The interior design has preferred darker shades and natural materials – wood floors, stone cladding, burnished iron for the fixtures – to create a warm and welcoming refuge from the frenetic city life below.

Marzia Urettini
Acciaio Arte Architettura 56