The project consists in the transformation of an existing apartment into a lawyer's office located at the raised ground floor of an historical building in Milan, in Città Studi neighbourhood. The main task was to create a bright and representative reception room from a small space without any direct source of light. The choice, therefore, was that of building a new translucent box, made out of natural fir wood and polycarbonate sheets. The wood gives an elegant and representative atmosphere; the polycarbonate, during the day, diffuses the natural light coming from the windows on the perimeter, and during the night it creates a sort of ‘lantern’ effect bringing additional artificial light to the different offices. The need of both visual and acoustic privacy led up to choice the polycarbonate, not only lighter and more inexpensive than glass, but also with good acoustic insulation properties.
The vertical wooden slats work as structural elements and they give rhythm to the walls, varying their intervals. On the doors a white painted slat identifies the handle and the entrance to the different offices.
The other walls, which doesn’t contribute to diffuse natural lighting, were designed to hide shelf units intended to archive the great quantity of paper files produced by the lawyers. The design of the wooden panels allows an easier opening and it creates a suggestive light and dark contrast thanks to the light filtered by the polycarbonate.
Close to the entrance side a recess, made out of white bilaminated panels, works as a seat for the waiting area. Its bottom is divided into two panels which hide a wardrobe.
In the reception, two big white rectangle characterised the false ceiling, behind which the plant design was hidden; the artificial light system is located within the recesses on the perimeter.
The welcoming desk with a white laminated front is pulled close to an existing pillar - cladded by fir wooden panels - and it exhibit the new logo, specifically designed on the new identity that the office wanted to present.