Little Cottage is a cozy independent house near the historic center of Bologna, recently renovated to host tourists who intend to visit the capital of Emilia Romagna and its surroundings. With the intention to offer to its guests the intimacy and warmth of a real home, Clara Masotti and Nicola Tommaso Bettini took care of all the details. The house dates back to the '20s when they built thick solid brick walls and high ceilings. Despite its small size (approx 50sqm) has a double facing: the entrance face on a small garden which separates the house from the private street, and the bedroom on a small backyard, cool and quiet, promoting the natural ventilation and lighting of the interior spaces. The internal distribution and size of the rooms has been optimized: there is no unnecessary waste of space in corridors and the entrance door opens directly into the living room where has been opened a large skylight that illuminates the whole living area. The floor, in white oak, the walls and the furniture are mostly white colored in order to accentuate the brightness, cleanness and wideness. Thanks to the height of the rooms (3,50mt) it has been possible to create a loft area in the living room which breaking the verticality and has allowing to create two protected and proportioanted spaces: one for the dining table and a small closet; and the other one, on the top, used as a relaxation area, simply furnished with a mattress and a bedside lamp, used, if necessary, as an extra bed. The loft is closed by an iron balustrade that looks like a balcony giving the room a dramatic effect. In the bathroom has been built a large shower covered with beije tiles while the remaining walls has been simply protected by white paint waterproof. They has been absolutely avoided hanging cabinets and two large mirrors: one inside the shower and tha other along the entire length of the room above a wall which contains all the plant engineering, helps to to enlarge the room breaking the effect of corridor. All the stuff necessary in a bathroom can be easily placed in the small recess created in the wall and in a old dark wood étagerie. The apparent modernity of the architectural elements, however, is controlled and balanced by the presence of objects and natural and crafted elements and old pieces of furniture.
In the house the concept of recess is repeated on several occasions: the shower, the library, the studio housed at the end of the large bedroom, the two spaces achieved from the creation of the loft , in the window opening between the living room and the bedroom. In this ‘protected spaces’ objects or pieces of furniture can gain a sort of importance in spite of their simplicity, giving depth to small rooms or narrow corridors, breaking the monotony of linearity caused from too long or too high walls and offering an interior harmony. While during the day the house is well lighted by the sun, in the evening, a careful study of artificial lighting, create an intimate and protected atmosphere. In the bedroom, the bed back wall has been covered with a floral wallpaper in soft colors and decor sizes proportionate to the width of the wall. Old pieces of simple and old wooden furniture makes the room unique and romantic. The brush paintings which are less sophisticated and perfect than lacquers laboratory ones, are more alive and give the possibility of subsequent interventions. The house in fact not intended to be luxurious but wants to convey his "charm" with originality to offer practicality and functionality along with a high aesthetic taste that surprises positively the visitor. The experience of Little Cottage aligns with a revolution taking place in the tourism sector, a new trend in the market where tourists seeking new experiences and atmospheres, different to fully enjoy his vacation. The success and appreciation from those who has lived and visited this small house demonstrates the importance of achieving, although with simplicity, well-designed and careful attention to detail that create an empathetic relation between host and guests.