Typological study into the spatial potential of the 'piano nobile', conducted at the Academy of Architecture and Urbanism in Rotterdam.
The piano nobile (french: bel-etage) is the principal floor of a large house, usually built in one of the styles of classical renaissance, braque or classicistic architecture.
This floor contains the principal reception and bedrooms of the house. The piano nobile is often the first story, located above an ground floor containing minor rooms and service rooms. The reasons for this were so the rooms would have finer views, and more practically to avoid the dampness and odors of the street level.
Larger windows than those on other floors are usually the most obvious feature of the piano nobile. Rooms on the piano nobile were mainly for public use and their decoration was a public act.
The project explores the role and physicality of the piano nobile through a series of physical models, giving shape to a multitude of dimensions of the intermediate space.