r07 - kitchen, genova, italy, 2008
From the street all you see is a windowed door.
The historical buildings in the centre of Genova are the result of successive transformations and annexations of neighbouring buildings or even only rooms: it is a labyrinth.
The existing property in via San Donato consists of a three storey unit, accessible from an articulated staircase system. The construction follows the local tradition of masonry walls, arched openings and vaulted ceilings.
The transformation of the residential unit into a bar and restaurant respects the existing structure, with a few more significant interventions on the first floor where a mezzanine is introduced as well as a double circulation, one for the staff and one for the public.
The new bar and restaurant offers two bars; one on the ground floor and one on the first floor, two kitchens, both on the first floor, and several rooms hosting chairs and tables, stools and sofas.
Passing the windowed door you begin a walk into a labyrinth of rooms.