Town houses and holiday homes, conversions of existing historic and modern buildings, new buildings and the reorganization of interiors are the different opportunities and contexts embodied in the buildings 'for living in' designed by Parisotto and Formenton. The book is richly illustrated by the photographs of Paolo Utimpergher, with an introduction and commentary by Marco Mulazzani.
Architecture is born from the inside, because it is the experience and perception of space. And simple internal spaces, designed in contemporary terms, exist because of the many visual relationships which are created, through the wrapping which encloses and protects them, with the outside – be it the horizon of a seascape or the silhouette of the mountains, the setting of a small park or even a garden, the tranquility of a mediaeval town or the chaos of a modern metropolis.
Above all, spaces come alive thanks to light which, filtering through doors and windows, floods into them with various degrees of intensity, bounces off surfaces and makes materials vibrate, creating reflections and shadows; and they are enhanced by the presence of objets d’art, memories of cultures which are distant in time, or testimonials of modern art. Finally, in these spaces, pieces of furniture enable us to live more comfortably, but they also complete the domestic atmosphere.
The book Domestic atmospheres amply describes these scenarios by looking at ten recent projects undertaken and completed by the Parisotto and Formenton architectural studio.