Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

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Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

The ceiling of a drama studio in Milan is imprinted with inverted bubbles that house both spotlights and skylights.

Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

Italian architects Franco Tagliabue of ifdesign and Pietro Bagnoli converted a former office building into the Zona K studio, which can be used for events and exhibitions as well as for drama rehearsals and performances.

Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

The bubbled ceiling over the main hall is comprised of suspended cones that regulate acoustics, whilst concealing electrical cables and ventilation passages.

Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

Pairs of fluorescent lights are hidden inside each of the cones, although only a selection of the bubbles double up as roof lights.

Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

Furniture slots into the walls of corridors that lead from the hall to changing rooms, toilets, a canteen, an office and an entrance cafe at the front of the building.

Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

Other stories about studios on Dezeen include an apartment combined with a choreography studio and a dance studio with the illusion of mist in the air.

Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

Photography is by Andrea Martiradonna.

Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

The following text is from Bagnoli:


Zona K

Scuola di teatro (Dramaturgy school)

Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

This project deals with the renovation of a former workplace purchased by a director and playwright to establish a dramaturgy school.

Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

The aim was to create a very flexible and neutral space able to accommodate at the same time events, exhibitions, concerts, courses, performances and lectures.

Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

A spectacular hanging cones ceiling, modulating natural and artificial lighting, acting as an acoustic modulator and hiding impressive electrical and air passages, sets the tone to this vibrant place.

Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

Client: Nuove Imprese Culturali (via Spalato, 11 – Milano)

Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

Dimension: 320 sqm

Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

Year: 2008-2010

Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

Builder: CO.VE.RI. srl, Artec srl

Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

Architectural Project: Pietro Bagnoli, Franco Tagliabue (Ifdesign) with Silvia di Vita, Ida Origgi, Chiara Toscani

Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

Consultants: Luca Leo, Stefano Gervasi, Diego Borroni , Guido Scavini

Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

Graphic Design: Fabiano Cocozza

Zona K by Pietro Bagnoli and Franco Tagliabue

  • alex

    It's great to see people having fun in architecture!

    My only criticism would be the two columns breaking up the dance area. Care has (rightly) been taken to ensure a square dance studio but then it seems bizarre to break it up in this way. I'd like to see some elevations/context to see what the raised box is contributing to the design; and why the whole ceiling could not have been those lovely 'inverted bubbles'.

  • http://twitter.com/andymatthews @andymatthews

    Nice scheme but seems a shame they didn't recess the column base plates into the floor?

  • g money

    that’s an echo chamber. it’s going to be noisy.

    • alex

      dance halls need to be noisy

  • KONG

    I hate it when people are making funny poses in architectural pictures, the only thing worse is when people make funny poses in the team section of an architecture office website !

  • sabina

    I love the ceiling and even its discontinuity that matches good with the technical details of the sliding walls-away.

    The beauty of the small spaces is in the details ;)

  • xtiaan

    nice cieling almost like a modernist gaudi

    hefty base plates on those columns in a dance studio seems like a HUGE oversight, Im envisioning stubbed toes and dancers cursing like fishwives

  • rui

    Ah! A room with a place to hide the mistress.