The 37sqm mini apartment in Milan that looks at the Existenzminimum with hedonism

The 37sqm mini apartment in Milan that looks at the Existenzminimum with hedonism

With the project Multiply by Enrico Forestieri seems to take a journey through time and go back to 1929, when in Frankfurt the International Congress of Modern Architecture was dedicated to the Existenzminimum, that is to say to the dwelling for the minimum level of existence and it was thought to design the houses optimizing spaces and resources to the maximum. Not only for economic reasons but also for a logic that inminimal living he saw the expression of a more authentic, balanced life, devoid of conditioning that today we would define consumerist and, ultimately, the reason for a newfound freedom.

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In the 1970s American companies such as Tiny House Movement or Small House Society carried on the ideals of a simple life under the motto “living with less” while on the other side of the globe in Japan Kishō Kurokawa built the Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo, entirely constituted from tiny living modules for one person Since then, architecture has never ceased to question how much space could be reduced to live better, to live with less.

the mini apartment of 37 sqm in milan multiply by enrico forestieri

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the mini apartment of 37 sqm in milan multiply by enrico forestieri

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The latest interior design work by Enrico Forestieri is based on this reflection: Multiply, un mini-apartment of 37 square meters in Milanwhich looks to the Existenzminimum but with many hedonistic concessions.

The client, a young architectural historian, wanted a space where he could simultaneously live and work, forgetting to live in less than 40 square meters.

the mini apartment of 37 sqm in milan multiply by enrico forestieri

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the mini apartment of 37 sqm in milan multiply by enrico forestieri

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The architectural intervention thus aimed at radically transforming the small two-room apartment into an early twentieth-century railing house, eliminating the traces of the most recent interventions – an oppressive wooden plank false ceiling, a fireplace, a bad bathroom. oriented – bringing to light the original spatial qualities.

The restyling consists of a surface structure with minimal materiality, in order to make the most of the spaces both physically and visually. The vertical shelves, on the other hand, are made with birch plywood panels, fixed to a larch frame and with large revolving doors in opal polycarbonate, which, with their rotation, make the compactness of the rooms mobile and dynamic.

the mini apartment of 37 sqm in milan multiply by enrico forestieri

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the mini apartment of 37 sqm in milan multiply by enrico forestieri

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«The thing that satisfies me most about this creation is the system of doors, both the pivot and the swing doors – tells Enrico Forestieri to Elle Decor – for the way they rearticulate the relationship between the spaces. I also like the bathroom, blind but bright and spacious, which with its opal rotating panels transforms into a night lantern. “

Furthermore, it is precisely the movement of the doors that constantly changes and reconfigures the relationships of privacy and proximity between the various housing functions.

«Although it is a small-scale project – continues the designer – there has been a lot of attention both to the material aspects, to the constructive and economic aspects, to the relationships between them; is a project that explores the potential for spatial and perceptual transformation. “

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