In town event, Frassinago 18

Palomba & Serafini associati   Bologna 

In the centre of medieval Bologna, between terracotta buildings and cobbled streets, the "In Town Event" project organised by Palomba & Serafini succeeds in combining green elements, wood and stone inside the Bologna Water Design fair, sponsored by Cersaie. The simple lines of the industrial open space where the studio is located, with its whitewashed walls lit up by the wide glass windows, exalts the composition which goes beyond the limitations of construction and succeeds in blending the elements of indoor and outdoor space. The intersection of the various materials, interwoven in the flooring, allows the designers to outline the spaces, avoiding the use of vertical partitions except where absolutely necessary. The fine-polished Florentine sandstone flooring is therefore alternated with wooden flooring slats, creating a pleasant natural contrast. Again, the difference fades and almost disappears if we observe the wall finishings, where the stone tiles echo the wood in colour, vitality and structure. The water element, closed into small pools in silk-finished stone, is echoed using a simple metaphor in its natural context both indoors and out, dressed in precisely cut-to-measure stone materials. In the same way, the flooring extends beyond the studio, with a decking stone system, crossing the physical border between indoor and outdoor spaces. Lastly, the intelligent composition of small maple trees indoors is designed to echo the four large Bucida buceras trees outside: the alternation between highs and lows appear to catapult this example of contemporary city architecture into the concept of a lovely modern garden.