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Design Club

This renovation project by Iosa Ghini Associati, a studio with vast experience in high quality residential design, has transformed a historic 17th century, Renaissance-style building in the heart of Bologna for Design Club Real Estate.

The 2000 square metre building was completely renovated following a concept that focuses on design as a synonym for liveability and quality. Each apartment includes features of the great classic Made in Italy design masters like Le Corbusier, Sapper, Jacobsen, Mollino, Castiglioni, Sottsass, Magistretti and right up to contemporary designers like De Lucchi, Starck and Grcic together with a wide collection of artists’ drawings and lithographs.

Inside the building, 33 branded apartments have been created for short and medium-term rentals to companies and managers. They are already equipped for post covid-19 health and disinfection issues. The units are completely new and are fitted with high efficiency heat pumps and independent air ducts and air purifiers with Hepa, activated carbon and UV filters for better sanitisation.

The design for the interiors uses eight high-impact styles and iGuzzini has contributed to the lighting of the shared spaces and some apartments by integrating its own and other luminaires into the predominant decorative pattern.

In the large corridor along which several apartment entrances are located, low voltage tracks host Palco projectors. Next to the doorways to the various apartments, which conserve their original decorations, Trick 180° luminaires have also been fitted to illuminate access code keypads and light switches. On the lintels, on the other hand, View projectors provide indirect lighting that combines with the direct lighting of the luminaires mounted on the track. Other shared environments, like the elevator landings are lit by recessed Laser luminaires, while base-mounted Front Light and Underscore luminaires create indirect light effects in the stairwells.

In the “Business” apartments that are characterised by their essential, rationalist Bauhaus style, pendant Laser luminaires have been used in both the bedrooms and bathrooms. And in the “Industrial” apartments where a streamlined style is combined with practical, raw materials and finishes, pendant square Laser Blade XS luminaires have been installed. In the “Red Racing” apartments that evoke an atmosphere of Emilia-Romagna as the land of engines and high performance cars, Front Light projectors with a white finish and iN30 light lines have been installed.

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  • Year
  • Client
    Design Club Real Estate Srl
  • Design
    Iosa Ghini Associati - Massimo Iosa Ghini
  • Architectural project:
    Iosa Ghini Associati - Massimo Iosa Ghini
  • Photographer
    Enrico Montanari