Studio Mabb Transforms Historic Italian Stable into a Beer and Pizza Tavern
The legacy of 16th-century Palazzo Martinengo in Brescia is written all over its walls, which are subject to cultural heritage oversight and can’t be changed. But that doesn’t mean time must stand still: A former stable on the property has been transformed by Milan-based Studio Mabb into La Ganea, a beer and pizza tavern named for the ancient Latin word for a traveler’s “place of rest.”
“The specific restrictions were the biggest challenge,” says the studio’s co-founder Andrea Baselli. “We created a naked lighting system without damaging the interior walls, to transform an issue into an aesthetic opportunity.”
Handmade terracotta tiles by Sannini complement the cool palette of plaster and iron, while sandblasted wooden beams offer drama across the ceilings. The restored windows of iron or brushed larch provide enviable views of neighboring gardens, while the walls offer interest thanks to a rustic patina of lime-based plaster. Best of all, the sheet-iron bar with custom glass shelving is the perfect place for a visitor to pause for refreshment and reflect on the passing of time.