building renovates an aging palazzo into the contemporary number 6 building renovates an aging palazzo into the contemporary number 6
feb 09, 2014

building renovates an aging palazzo into the contemporary number 6

‘the number 6’ by building, turin, italy
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the number 6 is a sensible restoration of the palazzo valperga galleani built in 1663 that consolidates the history and the present through imaginative elements with a careful negotiation of heritage, technology, elegance, and imagination. carried out by experienced italian studio building, the palazzo is now the home to 36 refurbished units and a newly open courtyard that the community utilizes for art space or public gatherings. the project unites two separate approaches joined seamlessly through material and light. the first, a strict restoration of the ornate baroque architecture present especially throughout the lobby and first floor. the exterior of the building is also preserved to its original splendor, almost masking the vibrant contemporary world inside to the unsuspecting eye. a historic rooftop giardino is also brought back to life, allowing its plants to drape into the open air courtyard. the second face to the project is the new language that is blended into the historic. synchronized colorful led lights illuminate the new soul of the building – from glowing stones that make up the cobbled plaza to the highlighted plants, light-raked walls and interior accents, the lighting scheme produces scenes through a synchronized system that defines the palazzo almost as a fantasy. an abstracted tree of metal tube strands is supported over the courtyard stands as a metaphor for the palazzo’s past, with colorful tips that cycle through various tones throughout the night.



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the interior of each unit reflects the exact layout already determined a century ago but contains a completely new character with plenty of natural light, layers of transparency, reflective surfaces and the continuation of an environment-defining lighting plan. new openings in the timber roof allow the retrofitted loft spaces in the attic to become usable and desirable additions to the apartments and allow residents to have a different relationship to the structure. materials also play a large role in the interiors as they do in the exterior. certain original features of the building are left exposed, such as the wooden rafters, contrasted by inserted steel staircases, glass panels and guardrails, and pristine white gypsum board walls.



view from the rooftop
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courtyard illuminated at night
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rooftop garden
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skylight over the lobby
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private deck
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attic loft
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elevated rooftop garden
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central courtyard by day
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suspended tree
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public hallway
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interior of a unit
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natural light and accented led’s create a colorful ambiance
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kitchen and dining area
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lighting and glass panel detail
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inside of kitchen
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sauna and steam room
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loft space living room
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bedroom in the attic space
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restored interior left with the same architecture as it previously had
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original exterior
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floor plan / level 0




  • Absolutely brilliant. I don’t know what else to say.
    Thank you!

    Ron Smith says:

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