The Adige, Castelvecchio, the Arsenale and greenery everywhere: in Verona, there is a unique space in the world whose genius loci crosses the interiors of an elegant residence in the historic centre, strengthening the bond with history and the masters of the past.

In the Scaliger city, ancient Roman origins are deeply linked to medieval times as well as the more recent past merges with the present, in a precious and unique mix. Everything is art and history. Everything is intimately pervaded by the “zeitgeist”.

And if, as Servius claimed in the 4th century BC, nullus locus est sine Genio or “there is no place without spirit”, it is clear how much the renovation of the abode displayed in these pages is mainly and deliberately connected to one’s genius loci that means to the history and the surrounding environment.

The flat faces the Adige — on the opposite bank to the north tower of Castelvecchio, in a privileged position compared to the nearby 19th-century Austrian Arsenale barracks — and it converses with outdoor spaces, magnifying not just what surrounds the abode but also what it represents.

The whole building was designed by Arrigo Rudi, a renowned Veronese architect and a disciple of Carlo Scarpa, the great master who in turn enhanced the museum spaces in Castelvecchio during the ‘80s and the’90s.


The renovation was designed and followed by the architect Elleno Squassabia together with Gruppo Squassabia’s staff, taking into account the history, the place and the landscape of the property, Works involved the whole house, redesigning spaces and hiding all electrical and hydraulic systems from view.

The result has been widely appreciated by the customers, especially since they — due to the historical and artistic value of the property — had purchased this abode to turn it into the house of their life, according to their needs and their “spirit of life”.

Thus was born “Arsenale House”, a distinguished and elegant residence overlooking the river and the city. The previous dividing walls were demolished, the renovation opened spaces to make room for the suggestive outdoor through the particular windows by Rudi.


The large and bright attic develops around the staircase that — placed in the heart and connected to a novel attic — has been designed with volumes and materials — wood and glass — which reflect Scarpa’s typical language.

Therefore, Biancone — a typical local marble — has been used for some elements and in the blocks of Castelvecchio and Arsenale. Volumes, furnishings, and refined wainscoting interact with each other in a stable visual continuity between inside and outside, a series of ups and downs between solids and voids which represent the undisputed beauty and uniqueness of this abode

Interior design by Area In Gruppo Squassabia - Text by Anna Zorzanello - Photography by Eros Mauroner


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