Brutalist Apartment in Porta Romana


Milan, Italy






Private commission


190 sqm

Photo credits

Helenio Barbetta

The brutalist avant-garde revives between philology and poetry.

Four hundred thousand new rooms, about 500 new buildings in ten years. It is the Milan of the Sixties that expands and populates the voids at speed. The Milan of BBPR in corso Buenos Aires, of Luigi Caccia Dominioni in piazza Carbonari, of Vico Magistretti in piazzale Aquileia and of all the protagonists of that phenomenon which we know as ‘Condominio Milano’ which gave birth to a successful series of episodes of residential architecture.

Among these, there is also an incredible ‘ufo’: the complex in via Muratori, designed by a dream team led by a Roman engineer, Lucio Passarelli, who in 1966 designed (with Giuseppe Chiodi) an architecture with a brutalist air.

A sort of machine à habiter, divided into cells and services, developed in four modules of square mesh, around large shafts circulars. The ambition? Leaving a mark in the history of Milanese urban planning, messing up with a bourgeois condominium with a subversive trait (prize In/ARCH 1969) the rules of a neighborhood that grew up in the orthogonality of the early twentieth century.

The intervention by EligoStudio has brought to light the original details of the interiors, which dialogue continuously with the building’s framework: from the pillars concrete to the elegant Douglas windows.

Architect Alberto Nespoli:

“The Via Muratori complex is an architecture that I have known for some time and that I have always loved. I have always been fascinated by its proportions, its facades in exposed concrete, brick, glass and steel, the stellar layout where each vertical element distributes four entirely open apartments about the city and the Japanese-inspired garden once open to all.”

The interior design project by Eligo Studio converses with the frame through analogies and contrasts, between unique pieces such as the wicker armchair by Franco Albini or the low sideboard by Gianfranco Frattini and custom-made furnishings that sometimes take their cue from structural elements such as, for example, the suspended wardrobes that sandwich bronzed stainless steel, vertical slats in natural oak and ribbed glass, ideally resuming the sequence of sunscreen slats on the facade.

The dining area is all glass which looks like a greenhouse. It is separated from the study by a sliding door, in warm wood, of Japanese flavor. Every detail is chosen with care. Vases and bottles are by Ceramiche Milesi, a manufacturing company of high artistic craftsmanship founded in 1981.

The carpets are handmade to a design by Elena Caponi for Mohebban, the chairs in the dining area are the Tigulline armchairs by Eligo, the brand which supports and completes Eligo Studio with a selection of high-level products handmade by the best local craftsmen.

Architect Alberto Nespoli:

“Our goal was to leave bare the intentions of the designers, enhancing the existing, from the flooring in parquet planks to the beautiful concrete fireplace in the living area, to the radiators curiously positioned in sight in front of the windows, to the plastered plaster ceiling which corridor we painted pink, a tribute to the Mexican architect Luis Barragán.”

Architect Alberto Nespoli:

“An ancient knowledge, carefully preserved, enhanced by research, development and production that we follow directly with each production district.”


Living Corriere Cover April 2019, Living “Collection Best 2019”, AD “Architectural Digest France” 2019, A&W “Architektur und Wohnen” 2019