F29_ca'MORGANA | EUTOPIARCH

An architectural mirage. Milan / Italy / 2021

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The Fata Morgana is an optical phenomenon, a form of mirage, that happens when rays of light, passing through layers of different temperature, distort objects' appearance, making them look like floating, suspended in a fuzzy, dreamy fog.


 ​The concept for ca'MORGANA, stemmed from a very precise vision the owner had in mind since the beginning: a project linked to the atmosphere the spaces would infuse, more than to physical and programmatic aspects. The two floors of the flat - the lower residential level and the above terrace - were consequently approached and treated like two different layers according to the Fata Morgana effect: together they would create the illusion of a sandy, warm land, topped by a lush green oasis.


 On the lower floor, to get the desired outcome, the existing linearity of the spaces was modified by the addition or subtraction of volumes, giving a new rhythm to the flat's surfaces. Walls and floors, inside and outside the apartment, were then all coloured in light beiges: slightly different shades of a peculiar sand tone play with the light incoming from the numerous windows, creating a soft and welcoming atmosphere.


 The daytime and nighttime areas, laid on the opposite sides of the flat, are connected by a long corridor, with the structure of a classical gallery, where an opaque wall, with a linear library filled with books, faces a more porose one, characterised by a series of windows, opened onto a continuous balcony that surrounds the whole apartment.


 The three bedrooms are the only spaces where the original parquet flooring was kept, yet varnished in a hue similar to the cement gently invading the rest of the flat; the three bathrooms are differentiated by the colours of the micro tiles covering the walls.


 The whole apartment is a tribute to a peculiar kind of chic minimalism, typical of the 90s: the simplicity and lack of decoration creates a classy atmosphere, enhanced by the presence of few but very special contrasting pieces, both modern and from past ages or far places - such as bold lighting elements, the collection of antique paintings, pieces of furniture and other objects.


 An industrial staircase connects the residential floor to the above terrace: the hoovering oasis. A central iron gazebo creates a shady spot to relax on bespoke sofas while a continuous hanging garden grows along the perimeter of the terrace, creating a green wall shielding it from the surrounding buildings.


  


 


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    The Fata Morgana is an optical phenomenon, a form of mirage, that happens when rays of light, passing through layers of different temperature, distort objects' appearance, making them look like floating, suspended in a fuzzy, dreamy fog.  ​The concept for ca'MORGANA, stemmed from a very precise vision the owner had in mind since the beginning: a project linked to the atmosphere the spaces would infuse, more than to physical and programmatic aspects. The two floors of the flat -...

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