Via Caposile

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Structural Engineer
ARC Design


The Apartment in Via Caposile is a renovated space that combines architecture and craftsmanship to transform an old apartment into a warm and vibrant family house through bespoke interior design and joinery.


The apartment is located in a building that was originally built in the 1920s and gone through minor renovations. However, the client was keen to transform the space in to a modern family house by implementing contemporary design. The main purpose of the Via Caposile apartment was to create a house within the limits of 200sqm that can constantly be lived, enjoyed and rediscovered by creation of spaces within spaces. Alterations in scales both in the rooms and also the ceiling heights within each room, featuring variety of finishes in each room in addition to the carefully designing the lighting conditions, imagines a boundary for each of the spaces with a unique atmosphere. The idea of enlarging the space was both implemented in the design and also manipulating perceptions about those spaces, such as using taller and seamless doors, creating openings within the central wall and merging deconstructivist elements in laying out the spaces allow for perceiving the space bigger than it actually is.

Bespoke Furniture

On one side of the living room, there are 2 passages designed to lead to a smaller living area and TV room. The TV wall is also covered with some open shelves carefully designed to serve both the appliances there as well as providing additional storage space for guests. This room has been designed in a transformative way which can become a guest room. As well the openings to either sides of the living room, passages can be closed of and increase privacy, as well as providing sleeping areas for guests. The bedrooms are located on the left side of the central wall and one on either side of it, designed to be self- contained with individual bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes, as well as having access to a small balcony. Each bedroom interior contains bespoke furniture to suit the taste of the parents or the children, such as the bunk bed which was built after many iterations which tried to satisfy the desire of the children sharing the room. The balconies are refurbished with contemporary materials such as steel and wooden decking and the placement of the wooden decks running perpendicular to the balcony doors immediately made them look larger and more spacious and made them be perceived as part of the bedrooms.