Milan – With 14 large windows facing the street, Antonio Lupi’s showroom in Porta Tenaglia is eminently open to the city. From outside, the narrow 550-sq-m space resembles a glassed-in arcade where daily living is about to unfold before one's eyes. Indeed, local architects Calvi Brambilla made the space a stage set, containing a series of bath furniture vignettes.
With an emphasis on well-being, the architects were inspired by the vaults and domes of traditional Turkish baths. In particular, Kılıç Ali Paşa designed in the 1570s by Ottoman architect and engineer Mimar Sinan. Here, the lower portions of the room, at the level of the human eye, contain the baths and fountains while far overhead light perforates its large domes.