Paolo Balzanelli's transformative design for Gruppo Cimbali in Milan

by Leona Liu on May 23, 2016 in Architecture , Interiors
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Architect Paolo Balzanelli, Founder of Arkispazio reimagined Italian company Gruppo Cimbali‘s headquarters with a more distinguished identity


Focusing on two buildings that now house the reception and showrooms, restoration work on the brand’s industrial complex  started with giving it a more contemporary figure. A cantilevered roof, coated with copper, highlights the main entrance through which visitors have access to the full height glass volume, now emphasised after removing superfluous architecture elements and the displacement of the pre-existing stairwell.


La Cimbali, one of the espresso machine company’s brands’ showroom, is characterised by wide monolithic displays coated in the same sand-coloured stoneware of the floor, giving the space a sense of material continuity. The diamond facets of the Cimbali-red fronts also stand out within.


Another label, Faema’s showroom evokes a vintage atmosphere and spaces of industrial nature. The displays, with brushed solid oak top in anthracite colour, are coated with thin slats of the same material, slightly spaced between them.

The lighting elements are soft luminous protuberances of the counter ceiling and are integrated into the space in a discrete way, without adding anything else to the sculptural presence of the exhibit volumes, on which the coffee machines are highlighted.

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