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Where Industrial Charm Meets Urban Elegance

The latest project from lamatilde, Casa MRGT, is a 4-story loft apartment inside an industrial building in the Barriera di Milano district of Turin, Italy. The apartment brings together an urban and minimalist aesthetic throughout its 350 square meters (over 3,767 square feet) of inside space, in addition to a 250-square-meter rooftop terrace. Designed for a Canadian-born car designer, the loft captures the essence of the neighborhood, exuding an industrial and contemporary vibe that aligns with lamatilde’s signature style.

What sets this project apart is its commitment to an open floor plan that’s highlighted by voids thanks to the addition of geometric volumes incorporated to define the spaces. Dark metal finishes starkly contrast with the expansive light surfaces, celebrating the interplay of light and shadow that streams through the apartment.

Stacked metallic volumes offer additional enclosed spaces, including a burnished carbon steel sheet metal room dedicated to a home theater on the bottom, and a cozy guest room paneled in micro-perforated sheet metal above.

Angled interior shot of modern industrial loft showing living room kitchen and dining space

Casa MRGT’s ground floor is a garage that doubles as a gallery for the owner’s classic car collection. With vibrant yellow accents and exposed structural elements, the space is an eclectic backdrop to the cars it houses. A private freight elevator and a steel staircase connect the garage to the rest of the home, transforming from raw industrial materials into more welcoming domestic finishes.

Angled interior shot of modern industrial loft showing living room kitchen and dining space

The second floor boasts an open-concept living area with a custom designed kitchen island by lamatilde. Charles couches by B&B Italia and vintage Wassily Chair armchairs by Knoll create a blend of modern and classic design. The dining area features a large Tavolo 25 table by Desalto with Calligaris chairs, illuminated by an Algorithm chandelier from Vibia.

Angled interior shot of modern industrial loft showing living room and kitchen

interior shot of modern industrial loft showing kitchen

Tucked away behind the kitchen, two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms offer cozy accommodations.

angled closeup shot of modern black kitchen

angled shot of open staircase

angled shot of bottom part of staircase to mezzanine

partial shot of mezzanine level of loft

angled up shot of mesh balcony of modern loft's mezzanine

angled shot of modern bedroom

The third floor is home to the primary bedroom, which is built off of a central walk-in closet. The open space includes a walk-in shower and floating black bathtub in the middle of the bedroom. The space leans towards a contemporary minimalist aesthetic complemented by iconic design pieces, such as the LC4 chaise lounge by Cassina.

hallway shot of modern bedroom suite

partial side view of modern bedroom with wood detailing and lounge chair

A wooden slat structure can be opened and closed allowing for personalized light and privacy while overlooking the open living space below.

wood wall detail shot

angled view into open shower

looking down hallway into bathroom with floating tub

angled partial view of bedroom

angled partial view of modern bedroom with wood walls

modern industrial bathroom with gray concrete counter and black sink

dark gray hallway view in modern apartment

home theater room in dark shades

partial view of home theater room

rooftop patio with plants and lounge chairs

Finally, the pièce de résistance is the fourth floor, a rooftop terrace that offers panoramic views of the city. It features a pergola, outdoor kitchen, seating spaces, sauna, and a swimming pool (!!), all encircled by lush greenery and small fruit trees.

rooftop terrace with pool

rooftop terrace with views of plants and pool

interior shot of modern industrial garage space with yellow details and green and yellow sports car parked

upshot of light colored apartment building

Photography by Alessandro Saletta – DSL Studio.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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