Coastal Home Grado

It all started with the idea of completing what we considered to be an unfinished space dating back to the late 1960’s on the island of Grado, Italy. Originally used as a laundry room located on the top floor of a five-story condominium, later transformed into an apartment, we introduced an all-new open floorplan, easy flow between spaces and opened them to the large terrace. Being a classic brick and reinforced concrete construction appropriate to the location and decade without any thermal insulation, the existing walls were insulated, and the gas boiler was replaced by a heat pump system for hot water and underfloor heating/air conditioning. The entirely custom-made interiors, designed by Architect and Friends and made by local craftsmen, create the link between Mid-Century Modern elements and a more contemporary way of living. Three unfinished reinforced concrete columns and beams led us to roof part of the terrace and thus create the classic Mid-Century Modern style indoor/outdoor flow. Using the same natural wooden floor indoors and outdoors as well as natural materials and a common color palette we created a harmonious interaction celebrating transformative design – simple and elegant.


Architect & Friends; Michael Atzenhofer


Year of completion

Grado, Italy

Total area
225 m2

Site area
225 m2

Michael Atzenhofer

Project Partners

Furniture: custom made by Stefano Cecconi, Light: Supermodular, Custom Teak flooring, Local “Aurisina” stone bathroom, Gessi, Zucchetti, Fabrics: Dedar Milano, Outdoor furniture: Drigani, Doors and windows: Radici Serramenti

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