In 1998, when the Directorate of Historical and Cultural Monuments proposed to us to redevelop this house, the agents were not interested. Therefore, we decided to do it ourselves. After having removed the walls and ceilings added, we were able to appreciate the original decoration of this house built between the XVIII and the XIX century. We spotted the spirit of the house after discovering the original entrance. We have rebuilt the entrance staircase, which is a kind of structural part. We tried to keep the interiors close to those of origin. All the modifications of the walls were visible and represented a "historical chronicle" of the house. In one of the premises, we did the stucco finish as planned, and right away, we realized that this is not a good method. The finish of the original walls is many times more interesting than any later versions. This same reason explains the absence of the walls in the reconstructed interiors. There is no question of putting walls in vaulted spaces; it is possible to put separations on the ground or removable walls that respect the uniformity of the space. Here we decided to use the glass walls that another owner could remove if needed without damaging the building.
The most noticeable intervention is the installation of the doors. It was not possible to put the typical office doors, as they will not scale to this raw building. Then we realized solid wooden doors with metallic elements, without, however, imitating the old style, but revisiting it. The approaches are traditional, yet the form is very current.
The main thing in this work for us was the experience gained during the restoration or we were at the same time client, investor, prime contractor and even sometimes builder.