Apartment-Riviera Cabin | LLABB Studio

| 21 : 00 – 12 April 2018 |


Interiors of a small apartment


Inspired by the nautical culture and organisation of storage spaces in a boat, LLABB Architects renovate an 35 sq.mt apartment in La Spezia to fit in two bedrooms.

An entire wall length of custom designed storage units by LLABB within which the bedrooms were fit in one above the other is the highlight of this small space home . With custom-built in furniture design done by Architect Luca Scardulla and Mr. Federico Robbiano , the ‘cabin’ apartment is an undeniable balance between comfort and compactness.

Offering a variety of storage spaces within the space, the home has minimal design and elegant interiors. The white and blue laminated storage unit and walls act as a guiding line for the eye as a representative of waterline and a boat’s hull.

Corner stair to bedroom

From the Architects – 

The project deal with the renovation of an apartment in a Ligurian coastal town. The request of the client was to reorganize the 35 square meters in order to organize the rooms by dividing the living area from the sleeping area. The nautical culture (that is a strong peculiarity of this region) was fundamental for the development of the project.

Floor plan of an apartment in Photoshop

Floor Plan

The optimization of storage spaces inside sailing boats and the minimum dimensions within these spaces were the inspiration for the concept of the project. An “equipped wall” crosses the inside space, carrying various functions inside. This accompanies, as a path, the visitor from the entrance into the apartment to the living area, the heart of the house. In the vestibule the wall, less deep, houses a small technical room, as well as the primary storage space. You continue with a small dressing room / closet, where you can break down, leaving the day behind.Extruded view of living room and bathroom in SketchupExtruded view of living area, kitchen and bathroom

Living room and bedrooms – 

This leads to the living area where, like on a square, the sleeping area overlooks two levels. The master bedroom is accessible through two large doors, and its interior – imagined almost like the inside of a whale’s ribcage – is bound by structural wooden ribs.

Modern and contemporary bedroom interiors

Master bedroom

These, like a cabin, contain the essential; a double bed and the minimum storage space. The terminal part of the wall, through a small door, leads to the second sleeping area, climbing up a steep staircase, as if climbing onto an attic of a small fisherman’s house.

Second sleeping area


Furniture for small spaces

Built-in storage spaces and master bedroom


Blue and white painted wall furniture

White and Blue paint along the furniture and walls

The small openings that give light to the environment have been thought as windows that overlook at the living area. The wall, made of okoumè (also called marine plywood) is laminated in white and blue and the continuity between the hull and the sky is interrupted by the waterline which, from the entrance, leads the eye along the entire apartment. The kitchen, placed at the end of the wall path + waterline, is stretched slightly like a sail inflate.

Furniture design details – Bedrooms and storage units


Contemporary kitchen and dining area

Kitchen and dining space

Project details –


Project Name – Riviera Cabin

Location – La Spezia, Italy

Architect Firm – LLABB Studio | www.llabb.eu

Lead Architect – Architect Luca Scardulla, Mr. Federico Robbiano

Collaborators – Dott. Beatrice Piola, Dott. Floria Bruzzone

Project type – Residential , Renovation, Interior design

Photography Credits – © Anna Positano

Completion Year – 2017

Built Up Area – 35 sq. mt.

Contractor – Zena Costruzioni s.r.l.s. | www.zenacostruzioni.eu

Carpentry – Luca Scardulla, Federico Robbiano

Suppliers – 

Tiles and bathroom fittings  – Fratelli Villa Srl | www.fratellivilla.it

Flooring – Woodstock  | www.wstock.it


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