Living Milano is getting very difficult for youngsters because of many reasons.
We worked on two of those:
- The tendency of traditional housing real estate prices that is growing every day.
- The negative impact of air and noise pollution on people daylife. MAMA house was originally an office space, located on a high first floor near to the very city centre, facing two main traffic ways: noisy and extremely polluted they represents an ‘inlet’ for cars and trucks coming from East to the city center. Moreover trams are passing by generating a very strong noise pollution. The housing market of the city lists an office space 1/3 the price of an apartment building in those area. Converting and refurbish is much cheaper then buying an apartment and renovate. The decision to make a house from an office was very delicate and at the same time extremely simple considering two main aspects for the future inhabitants of the space: the quality of the air and the quality of the noise pollution. The translation of our thoughts consists in a series of folding windows device, made by different systems of openings that act as a layer, more precisely a filter that screens the internal spaces of the house from otuside noise and pollution. Always allowing the opening of the pre-exhisting windows, the new device, slightly set back from the original facade, has been worked out in section to host a case for books and objects on the bottom part taking advantage of the depth of the space, and above to include a system of specifically designed plantspots for those kind of plants able to clean the air from pollution. The house consists in a main bedroom, a kids bedroom, already planned to be divided in two smaller indipendent units, two bathrooms and a kitchen that faces a large living where a strange diagonal cut takes place in the straight geometries of the plan defining a veranda, a working space surrounded by green and tall plants, and fresh vegetables. What once was an indoor space suddenly becomes a domestic garden.