San Francisco style
Located in a valley outside of Piacenza,
near Milan, the River House sits in a region with a rich architecture
heritage. Originally built in the 1970’s, it is an excellent
example of how an ordinary, small house can be transformed.
The renovation followed a tight budget. Inspired by Donald
Judd sculptures, repeated, sculptural lines translate into
unexpected interiors where even the shelving assumes a sculptural
quality. A whisper of California style is present in this
renovation—a mix of minimalist and contemporary country
styles typical of lofts in San Francisco, where I worked from
1999 until 2000. In this way, the River House is an example
of borrowing ideas from one style and successfully applying
them in a new context.