URBAN CABIN with a Persian twist, Albino

The micro-apartment of 25 sqm has been designed for a local couple, of Italian and Persian origin. It consists of the complete restoration of a 1950s open porch A minimal and multifunctional cabin set at ground level, which summarises functionality and stylistic resourcefulness of a living space; a roof garden as an extra outdoor area. A perforated metal grid folds freely in front of the south façade and defines a triangular exclusive garden: an openly declared reference to ancient Persian arches and sun shadings here adopted also as a functional response to the need for privacy. The limited dimensions and extreme narrowness of the existing building suggested a full custom designed interior, where flexibility and multi-usage became key factors together with thermal and health needs.
Francesca Perani’s attitude towards design is ironic and playful, de-dramatising architecture with a forced use of poor but strongly characterised materials, bold colours and a deliberate use of diagonal lines. With the intent of extending seasonal uses and allowing new ones, the cabin was conceived to give a sense of quiet and intimacy at one with the surrounding nature, as well as to provide privacy from the high-density urban location.

What makes this project one-of-a-kind?
A minimal and multifunctional lodge represents an extension of a modern villa built in 1968 by Architect Armen Manoukian and renovated by Francesca Perani in 2008. Low-cost materials, attention to thermal insulation, flexibility and privacy are the key elements of this project, where bold, contemporary architecture and Iranian culture blend creating a reassuring feeling of intimacy and warmth.


Francesca Perani Enterprise

Design Team
Ilenia Perlotti – Interior designer

Intern jr. architect
Ilaria Odoli

Francesca Perani

Year of completion

Albino, Bergamo,Italy

Total area
25 m2

Site area
60 m2

Project Partners

Chiara Birolini

Roberto Belotti

Heat Engineer
Luca Noris – Progterm

Gherardi Giuseppe

Metal shadings
Valoti Giovanni

Diego Armellini


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