The project redefine and adapt a two floor apartment into a notary’s office, merging the rigours of an office with the abstractness of the “white cube”. Guests are welcome in a bright and shadow-free ambient, alienated from the context in which the office is located: a small village in Varese suburbs. White walls are lighten up by thin fluorescent tubes which neutralize external contaminations by transforming the space into a limbo between a Museum, an Office and a House. This indeterminacy provokes the “right” discomfort feeling, typical of life’s crucial situations: buying a home, starting a new business, writing your own testament.
Therefore the intervention focuses mainly on the layout, consisting of a sequence of specialized rooms such as waiting room, the administrative office and the stanza stipula, the core of the office, where the notary works essentially. Doors, thresholds, walls and corridors are used in order to create a floorplan that work as a “choreography” to be followed by employees, guests and the notary himself. Visitors walk along the corridor while approaching the reception, wondering about the unusual volume of the stair that characterizes the waiting room. The Notary can listen to conversations between secretary and clients unnoticed, through a hidden door placed in the reception back office, pondering whether it’s worthwhile to manifest himself or continuing sitting at his desk.
Except for the two pillars, brought back to the rough-material, things dissolve into the homogeneous light.