Transforming an Old Sicilian Apartment into a Bright Open Plan Space

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Pietro Airoldi Studio handled a project to transform an old Sicilian apartment in the center of Palermo. This 110-square-meter apartment resides on the 4th floor of a 1930s apartment building and consists of a series of small spaces. The transformation was conducted to achieve a bright and open-plan space benefitted from the light offered by two courtyards; one courtyard is very large and bright with tall trees and the other is smaller and darker.

The Open Plan Space

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The layout was changed to adopt an open plan concept hosted from the living room then dining space to the kitchen area. In the main space of this Sicilian apartment, there is a studio, bedrooms, and guest room.

A Reminder

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Even though the transformation was conducted to achieve a bright living space, the traces from the old layout still remains. Airoldi chose to not change the old partitions walls on the ceiling from the previous layout since they complement the new look of the apartment.

Tweek Wood Flooring

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The majority of the apartment is clad in teak wood flooring with the exception of kitchen and bathrooms. For these spaces, cement resin is used.

Decorative Cement Tiles

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Previously, the decorative cement tiles were used to line the edge of the floor in each space. However, since the renovation, those tiles are reassembled into a colorful formation to adorn the entrance to the apartment and the bedrooms.

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Here is the look of the decorative cement tiles that will great you at the entrance.

Custom Cabinetry

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Custom cabinetry, such as desk space, shelving, and storage, acts as room partitions that offer multiple benefits.

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For the apartment’s main open-plan space, two custom-made furniture dividers are installed to separate the guest room and studio. Meanwhile, to divide the space between living and dining area, a smaller shelving and cabinet unit was situated in the center.

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The custom cabinetry was made from birch plywood and lacquered MDF.

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