Montecarlo Residence

The invisible line of the home project with reverse vertical development

by Malcolm Clark
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“The project for a private residence invariably has to take account of the client’s family structure. The house is a kind of exoskeleton in which human relations, even before family ties, develop and find their balance.” The design of this new apartment by Federico Delrosso Architects starts from the specific request for a house that could accommodate parents and children, some from previous relationships.

"Everything grew out of the fusion and radical restructuring of three existing apartments in an early 20th century building in the heart of Montecarlo. The first act was the creation of a new staircase, completely independent of the condominium stairs. I wanted this new internal staircase for the exclusive use of the family to create a clear link between the three levels, though they are aesthetically independent.” With these words Federico Delrosso introduces his project which was completed in 2010 after about 18 months’ work.

“For this apartment, laid out with a specific family vocation, I decided to differentiate the first levels in a generational key. The first floor, the most ‘crowded’, is devoted to the children. The second, more intimate and compact, is for the parents. The third floor is designed for living together and hospitality, hence the living room and kitchen. It ends in a loft space where informal and compact space become a place of happy anarchy for relations and activities: partly study and partly leisure area."

"With this division of space I have created a home with reverse vertical development ... The entrance is at the top, on the third floor, housing the living room and loft. Descending we come to the most private areas (night/study): the second floor for parents and youngest children, and the first with direct access from the condominium stairwell, the floor devoted to the older and more independent children."

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    Montecarlo Residence

    Montecarlo / Monaco / 2010