Contemporary rationalism

Solid, linear, timelessly modern, the building on the Lungotevere Vittoria is a tribute to the rationalist manifesto. Understanding the shaping power of the natural lighting coming in from the long banks of the Tiber, the 140 sqm apartment was transformed into a space that, to quote Le Corbusier, “is a play of volumes assembled by light,” enriched and personalized.

Interconnected spaces

The residence, destined for a professional couple, finds in its interior a perfect correspondence with the lictorial matrix that informs the building from both an aesthetic and functional point of view. Thus, an environment is realized that first and foremost celebrates the dynamic connection of the various zones, the communicative value of a precise architectural code that, while saving the autonomy of the various rooms, the privacy, resolves itself into a single path on the load-bearing axis of the house. Merit of three insertions, three masonry wings that enhance the perception of space and reveal the skillful direction of light.

The symmetrical composition of the kitchen, dining room, living room and study, the true heart of the restyling project, is a setting that can already be sensed from the hallway into which we are greeted by the single entrance door. Like a curtain that rises, the gaze is immediately invited to pass through the subtle texture of the full-height glass doors and to admire the perfect balance of volumes, the dialogue between structure and interior design, as if they were born together.

Breaking the rigid framework typical of the Fascist period are a few roundnesses, embedded, hollowed out or suspended, an archetypal repetition that blunts the angles and refers to the fullness, the harmony of things. The first and most impactful diaphragm opens onto the living room backdrop, generating a multiplying effect of space, which continues in a straight line beyond the interior window, whose surface is made of a marble recomposed that unrolls on the floor with a ribbon or carpet effect.
The original solution emphasizes and curbs the area dedicated to conversation in which a stone coffee table from Morocco and the soft curves of the sofa designed by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso, among others, stand out.

The power of light

The open space reserves a place of prominence for the study: everything in this house interprets the power of knowledge and reason, the role of intellect in the life of the couple who chose it to inhabit it. This is confirmed by the corner bookcase reflected in the sconce lamp and the presence of a desk made by Shake on which the natural light of a large window is cast first. Stylish and tuneful are the vintage 1940s armchairs.

Noble materials such as imperial marble, chosen for the floors except for the bedroom and bathroom – for which brushed oak Foglie d’Oro parquet flooring is used instead, arranged in a herringbone pattern – are the detail that emphasizes the project in its overall vision.

From the 3.40 meter ceilings descends signature lighting, pendant chandeliers that, like works of art, respond to the environment both in form – predominantly round of Artemide’s Alphabet by Anastasiates’ Arrangements by Flos – and in functionality. We also find the same clear, shining simplicity in the master colors, white and littorio gray, a compact color movement that defines the lines and reminds us of futurist components.

Essential and habitable, open to a skyline that offers the best of a Rome of imperial memory crossed by the river, the terrace that circles around the apartment until it encompasses the main rooms – bedroom, study, dining room and living room – in a single embrace.