This refurbishment project for the extensive domestic space of a notable Roman personality provided a very open design brief, set within a former IACP building in Flaminio.
Due to the large and undefined space we had to work with, we aimed for a spatial discontinuity and strong articulation, achieved through interconnecting devices and plastic modulation between walls and internal features. Given the prominence of the vertical dimension, the arrangement on three floors suggested a developmental unfolding of space around a central void.
The stairwell - the project s central feature - pierces this void in a dramatic interaction with the horizontal landings, providing both coherence and instability through its angular, asymmetric movement. Each of the three landings represents a distinct experience, re-negotiating the connection between public and private interior spaces, while attention is constantly drawn towards the space as a whole through the interaction of light and shadow - of surface versus depth.
The incredibly tactile aesthetic of the entire design is emphasized through restless waves and curves, through interlacing limbs at every level, and through the interaction of pine versus white surfaces to further diffuse internal shadow effects. This achieves a strong functional demarcation throughout the functional areas of living rooms, bathrooms, kitchen, dining room and public spaces.
The delightful aspect of this project was the pliancy of form afforded by the firm and robust initial container. We deformed the interior space by pushing and pulling on this base, ultimately negating the rigid `box`-form of the studio entirely through elastic, curvaceous walls, and furnishings which perceptually extend the gestures of the fixed elements.