Porta Volta Garage Conversion

Housed in a former 19th-century auto repair garage, the Porta Volta Garage Conversion fuses its historic roots with contemporary finishes and custom furniture to create a modern loft in Milan. The building's original arches and exposed brick walls create a dramatic backdrop for the open living space. A larch wood ceiling complements the classic details while concrete walls and furniture, fittings, and fixtures designed by the architect add to the industrial atmosphere. As a tribute to the owner's passion for sailing, the home incorporates subtle nautical references including wide-lank oak floors resembling the decking on boats, wooden stairs in the shape of propellers, and slate-colored bathroom tile from Liguria — a maritime destination frequented by the client. The centerpiece of the interior is the staircase. Its spiral steps transport inhabitants to upper-level's master bedroom through a two-story concrete cylinder.

Photos: Matteo Piazza / Tomo Architects

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