Located in Bologna, Italy, this private home and studio were designed by Italian architect Massimo Iosa Ghini of Iosa Ghini Associati as a renovation of an original 600-square-meter structure (or 6,458 square feet) in a historic area of the city. With a desire to preserve the building and its original elements, they were able to create an innovative space for living and working through architecture and interior design.
The main goal was to design a sustainable project, keeping in mind materials and cost, as well as waste. They redesigned the southern facade through the use of plant screens for summer heat protection and during the winter, it acts as a solar energy collector through direct absorption. It’s mixed throughout the year with the help of a photovoltaic panel.
Many areas of the house feature elements that were custom-made, like in the living room, fitness room, and private study, most of which are in the designer’s signature Italian style. Like these fancy LED-lit stairs, for example.
You’ll see plenty of original charm left which balances out the modern renovation perfectly.
Even the pool has fancy lighting!
And the lights even change colors!
I love how the elongated indoor pool is built alongside the fitness room. That way, when you’re done working out, you can jump in the pool.
The red pool table pops against the sea of neutrals in the living room.
The stairs, with glass railings, lead to the architect’s private studio and workspace. The glass-paneled ceiling fills the space with light, making it the perfect spot for a designer to work.
Photos by Massimo Listri.