The Italian Definition of a Live-Work Space

  • June 3, 2011

by Mark Wellborn

The Italian Definition of a Live-Work Space: Figure 1

The term “unique space” does not really do justice to the home featured in this week’s departure from all things DC real estate.

Dwell Magazine recently took a look back at its December 2004 issue, which among other articles, featured a piece on Basic Village, a former textile factory in Turin, Italy turned office-retail-home combo. The owner, Marco Boglione, used to work in the factory as a young adult before he founded his own sports merchandise company.

The Italian Definition of a Live-Work Space: Figure 2

The article notes that the transformation from factory to the property’s current use took place little by little, but that at the time the article was published, the third floor living space spanned 8,600 square feet and featured a “hockey-friendly floor, a basketball hoop, a ping-pong table, a couch designed for eight,” an office/bathroom combo (wonder how that works) in a greenhouse-like enclosure, and bedrooms situated in metal farm-like structures.

Back in 2004, the ground floor of the former factory included a bank, a bar, a supermarket, and a salon, but UrbanTurf plans to lobby Dwell to do an update on the entire property.

Photos by Jakob Langvad.

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