Basic Living

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June 3, 2009

Live/work is a centuries-old practice turned overused architectural trend. By melding history and innovation, Turin’s Basic Village offers up a compelling reinvention of the concept.

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  Along with his wife, Stella, daughter, two sons, and nanny, Marco Boglione lives large in a split-level 8,600-square-foot open space that includes his entire business operation (factory, office and retail) and a rooftop garden.  Photo by: Jacob Langvad
    Along with his wife, Stella, daughter, two sons, and nanny, Marco Boglione lives large in a split-level 8,600-square-foot open space that includes his entire business operation (factory, office and retail) and a rooftop garden.

    Photo by: Jacob Langvad

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  The second level is an open kitchen and dining room (described as the “lunch and dinner office” where colleagues can gather). "People think this setup is unusual, but there are millions of entrepreneurs who live right next to their warehouses," Boglione says. "The difference is that they make money and then build a hill with a fake villa on it."  Photo by: Jacob Langvad
    The second level is an open kitchen and dining room (described as the “lunch and dinner office” where colleagues can gather). "People think this setup is unusual, but there are millions of entrepreneurs who live right next to their warehouses," Boglione says. "The difference is that they make money and then build a hill with a fake villa on it."

    Photo by: Jacob Langvad

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  Basic Village also includes a bank, a bar, a supermarket, and a salon.  Photo by: Jacob Langvad
    Basic Village also includes a bank, a bar, a supermarket, and a salon.

    Photo by: Jacob Langvad

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  The lively interior of the bedroom is evocative of the spaghetti Westerns that Boglione loved as a child.  Photo by: Jacob Langvad
    The lively interior of the bedroom is evocative of the spaghetti Westerns that Boglione loved as a child.

    Photo by: Jacob Langvad

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  “The shape of the house/bedroom [the background for wife Stella and daughter Maria, seen here] is the shape of American farm buildings," Boglione explains.  Photo by: Jacob Langvad
    “The shape of the house/bedroom [the background for wife Stella and daughter Maria, seen here] is the shape of American farm buildings," Boglione explains.

    Photo by: Jacob Langvad

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  Why put the bathroom/office inside a greenhouse? "I just liked the shape," Boglione says. "But you should have seen the guy's reaction when I told him to deliver it to the second floor."  Photo by: Jacob Langvad
    Why put the bathroom/office inside a greenhouse? "I just liked the shape," Boglione says. "But you should have seen the guy's reaction when I told him to deliver it to the second floor."

    Photo by: Jacob Langvad

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  Boglione's terrarium-like bathroom doubles as an office. Every morning he sits in his armchair with his laptop before venturing further afield.  Photo by: Jacob Langvad
    Boglione's terrarium-like bathroom doubles as an office. Every morning he sits in his armchair with his laptop before venturing further afield.

    Photo by: Jacob Langvad

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  "The closet is like water towers on the rooftops in New York City," says Boglione. "Simple. Basic. A shape a child could draw."  Photo by: Jacob Langvad
    "The closet is like water towers on the rooftops in New York City," says Boglione. "Simple. Basic. A shape a child could draw."

    Photo by: Jacob Langvad

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