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  7. Loft B / Durisch + Nolli Architetti

Loft B / Durisch + Nolli Architetti

  • 01:00 - 21 May, 2014
Loft B / Durisch + Nolli Architetti
Loft B / Durisch + Nolli Architetti, © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti
© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Gian Paolo Minelli + 15

  • Project Manager

    Pia Durisch, Aldo Nolli, Niccolò Nessi
  • Civil Engineer

    Lurati Muttoni Partner SA, Mendrisio
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Tecnoprogetti SA, Camorino
  • Construction Physicist

    IFEC Consulenze SA, Rivera
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti
© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

Text description provided by the architects. Loft B is a replacement building for a caretaker’s apartment, constructed in 1988 above a furniture warehouse in the industrial zone of Riva San Vitale. The industrial building, dating back to 1930, is characterised by a clear structure with a regular column grid and bricked vaults.

Longitudinal Section
Longitudinal Section

The loft is conceived as a superstructure that utilises the existing vertical route of access to the industrial building. In terms of material, the new building assumes the characteristics typical of the industrial zone. Analogue to the skylights, glazing and greenhouses in the surrounding area, the vertical building shell comprises completely of glass.

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti
© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

The exterior facades consist completely of generously sized modules made up of two profiled glass bowls that encase the innovative new glass and an optimum diffusion of light in the building interior. The translucent façade is punctuated by precisely-aligned, large sliding windows, which provide ambience.

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti
© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

The interiors given an identity through defining living modules, kitchen/stairs/wc, sleeping area/bathroom and library/fireplace are completely spatial modules. In this way, the façade surrounds all four sides of the loft without interruption and thus creates a unique, pleasant and diffuse light in the interior that is reminiscent of traditional Japanese residential building.

Cite: "Loft B / Durisch + Nolli Architetti" 21 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884