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The studio inside the factory: the project by AMAA in Italy



An abandoned factory in Arzignano, a small town in Northern Italy, has been transformed into an architecture studio characterised by a rough, industrial style: it is the project designed by Marcello Galiotto and Alessandra Rampazzo, who are the founders of the Venetian office AMAA.

Their new workplace, which also includes a library, is located into a steel-framed, two-storey glass volume inserted inside the factory and the poured concrete elements blend with the existing floor; all the walls are made from glass to create an open and bright space and freestanding, poured-concrete staircases are the protagonists of the space.

The ground-floor area is slightly smaller, creating extra space for movement around its perimeter, while the upper level cantilevers out towards the factory walls; in addition, a sunken level houses a kitchen, a storage area and toilets, which are naturally lit by a skylight overhead.

The project aims to represent a celebration of architectural potential of the industrial buildings in Northern Italy and offer a new point of view on their recovery.

Photography is by Simone Bossi.