Stairway to Heaven: A Futuristic Italian Home by Alfredo Vanotti

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Italian Architect Alfredo Vanotti is responsible for the remodel of Interno, a beautiful modern home in the Montagna region of Valtellina, Italy. The 250 square meter home was initially divided between a ground floor office and first floor residence accessible by an external staircase. Now the layout of the stylish abode is focused on an internal staircase that “connects and defines an artificial division” through reduced white steps that appear almost to float between the living room and kitchen. The painted iron stairs provide a crisp contrast against the natural oakwood floors that cover the rest of the home. According to Vanotti, “the idea was to connect the two floors in order to have an entirely new housing unit, with different roles: a living space with garden and big windows on the ground floor and a sleeping space on the first floor.” With two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a master bedroom fully equipped with its own private bath and walk-in closet, the first floor offers enticingly lavish living quarters while a glass-lined balcony above the stairs is just big enough for a modest office space with a great view. Although the residence shares its south wall with another building, the new space takes full advantage of the remaining sides with large windows to provide a generous dose of natural light. The minimal home has got a fresh aesthetic down to every detail – but the innovative and striking stairway is what truly unites Interno’s sleek layout, giving us high hopes for the future of architecture.

Lizzie Wright

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

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