The goat and the cabbages
The goat and the cabbages (and the cat)
Transformation of a rooftop, Torino 2018
Italian building regulations and local officials are quite conservative (euphemism). When asked to renovate the rooftop of a 19th century building into a luminous contemporary space, we knew that outside it couldn’t look any different from the neighboring historical buildings and that we couldn’t open wider windows.
We were caught in the Italian architects’ typical contradiction: needing to be modern while having to look ancient. According to a local expression, we were asked to obtain capra e cavoli.
Stretching the norms, instead of proposing larger windows, the project raises the roof pitch a few centimeters, obtaining a continuos linear window invisible from the street. This window provides unusual views and works as an internal walkway for the family’s very shy cat – a real catwalk. (Unfortunately the cat was hidden during the photo shoot).
The rest of the apartment is basically an open space with yellow vaults connecting opposite garrets and a treadmill above the bathroom. A little terrace – for the cat, too – is obtained by moving one window inward.
Design: Subhash Mukerjee
Collaborator: Mattia Gola
Site supervision, accounting, safety: Filippo Rizzo
Structures and HVAC: FRED srl
Main contractor: Gi.Emme srl
Surface: 150 sqm
Photos: Beppe Giardino