or many years home to foreign embassies, an elegant early 20th century villa in the historical surroundings of Rome returns to its origins as a home to be lived in, transforming itself into a spectacular penthouse with a large panoramic terrace. It is located in the neighborhood that surrounds the wonderous Villa Torlonia park and its centuries-old Lemon-house on Via Nomentana—an ancient Roman consular road which stretches from Porta Pia for kilometers towards the northeast winding its way to the city’s outskirts. The buildings are elegant and the views give onto ancient monuments dispersed amongst the enchanting greenery. It is not by chance that the main theme of the project developed by the young team at Bomori Architetti is the dialogue and visual connections with the surrounding environment.
The penthouse—called Dama apartment—spreads out over two floors, a result of extensions made in thirties and fifties with more recent building techniques that allowed for a more fluid and freer reconfiguration of the internal layout compared to the villa’s lower floors. Large white walls and windows that frame the outdoor vegetation are paired with dark, elegant paneling and linear volumes which, in a contrast between black and white, define some of the home’s rooms—like the kitchen that opens onto the dining room.
The two floors are internally connected by a small restructured stairway that has been wood-paneled like the new floor. Where possible, the available space has been taken advantage of with custom décor—partially white, like the walls, and partially lacquered grey to create contrasts that increase depth perception in the room. Great attention to detail was also given to the bathroom, where one finds the color palette that characterizes the interior design of the entire home. There are white or black surfaces on the floors or walls, shelves, wood paneling, refined details like the Android radiator—designed by Daniel Libeskind for Antrax IT—and thin metal support structures.
It is a project concentrated on the difficult work of “cutting away” every superfluous detail and concentrating on the essential by designing the frame, or even better, a series of frames from which one can look out upon the greenery of one of the most fascinating areas of a grandiose, chaotic and intense city. And, as the architects put it, arriving out on the terrace of the top floor, where the green of the potted plants seem to blend in with the park’s vegetation, a sense of estrangement from the city becomes truly palpable.
Location: Rome, Italy
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Bomori Architetti, Rome
Collaborators: Andrea Crusco, Giulia Napoli, Francesca Porfiri, Giada Romano, Mariella De Gennaro
Structural engineering: MTM progetti, Ing. Rocco Maffei
MEP design: Ing. Mario Semproni
Building contractor: RES Ambiente 91 srl
Credits Federico Villa, Courtesy Antrax IT