Architecture studio Margine has transformed a dark and fragmented apartment within an elegant 1930s building in Rome into a bright and functional home-studio.
The residence is located in the historic Appio Latino district close to the Aurelian walls and a few steps from the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. The owner, a jazz musician, wanted an open and welcoming home, characterized by a living area halfway between a concert hall and a lounge.
The architects revolutionized the interiors to amplify the permeability and versatility of the environments, freeing the project from the classic stereotypes of “living”. The narrow, labyrinthine corridor, which characterized the initial distribution, has become a comfortable space thanks to the opening of the back wall, which visually connects those who enter with the main area of the living room-study, characterized by a floor to ceiling slatted oak boiserie.
“In the living room, the oak wood spine curves to keep the access enfilade and the kitchen in symmetrical connection. The dense slatted structure of the exoskeleton improves the acoustics of the spaces, making the system a sort of passive musical instrument that transmigrates sounds into space,” say Giulio Ciccarese and Valentina Pontieri, the founders of Margine.
With its unconventional pentagonal conformation designed to host jam sessions and impromptu musicals, the room’s minimalism is enhanced by the boiserie, which, like the case of a mysterious musical instrument, organizes the paths and hides the secondary and service spaces, such as the closet, the access to the bathroom, the passage to the kitchen, and the semicircular wardrobe that organically redesigns the main junction of the house.
A few, well-studied formal elements create a pure environment with clean lines, warmed by the Italian herringbone light oak flooring and embellished by the Carrara marble surfaces with which the floors, window sills and bathrooms are clad. Sophisticated furnishings, which evoke a typical 1960s lifestyle, mostly purchased in flea and antique markets, are mixed with more refined pieces, such as the Omaggio a Morandi sculptures by Salvatori, the 3T chair by Mangiarotti, Venini's vintage Triedri chandeliers and Pepe Fornas lamps for Aromas del Campo.