Corso di Porta Vigentina, 12, 20122 Milano
The smallest house in the heart of Milan. From the outside it looks like one of those townhouses in London, with a single long narrow facade and several floors. Where in the past the rectory of the Church of Santa Maria al Paradiso and then the porcelain brand Untitled Homeware were housed, in 2020 the architect Massimiliano Locatelli, co-founder of the studio Locatelli Partners, dreamed and built Si Ma Townhouse. A space with a defined personality, a site-specific design and a singular attention to detail. It’s then the verticality of the building that makes perfect the interplay of atmospheres that the architect wanted to recreate in his last divertissement.
Three floors corresponding to completely different moods and levels of privacy: from the cocktail bar overlooking the street, to the large table for group dinners, to the living room where sofas, bookcases and card tables make Si Ma Townhouse the perfect synthesis of a home and a gentlemen’s club.
That’s not all. In fact, for the occasion Locatelli involved two exceptional workmates: Nicolò Argento, a chef with experience at 3-Star Michelin Da Vittorio, and Sina Ghahrman, a famous barman in the Big Apple. A perfect team work that has resulted in a place of culinary experimentation where the pleasure of good food and excellent drinks can be enjoyed in an Anglo-Saxon, yet slightly New York atmosphere.
A final touch was provided by a selection of custom-made objects designed by Locatelli himself, with the addition of some iconic Italian design products such as Caccia Dominioni’s Piantana LTE 10 and Venini’s Poliedri cascading down the staircase.
All this contributes to making Si Ma Townhouse a space that reflects on the lively and constant dialogue between people, spaces and materials in the name of art. An international atmosphere that maintains Milanese friendliness and embodies the architect’s multifaceted approach.