The apartment in Rome by Warehouse of Architecture and Research shows and preserves some of the elements that are witnessing the passage of time and the changing of program.
The apartment lies in a remarkable building in Rome. It occupies part of the ground floor of a late 18th century convent. The peculiar origins of the rooms justify the presence of small windows and generous vaults, that become one of the most unusual features of the new apartment. The intervention aimed at the same time to erase the posthumous additions, like the false ceiling hiding the main barrel vault, but also to proudly show and preserve some of the elements that are witnessing the passage of time and the changing of program.
Some of the countertop joists, HVAC pipes, modest wrought iron gates, are rearranged as found objects, now part of the apartment design. Some new elements, like the shower concrete column, the stairs or the glass blocks wall, are treated in a similar way, creating a friction with the existing ones.
The warmth of the bedroom’s wood in contrast with the crafted concrete of the living room; the round tiles of the bathroom with the more rigid ones of the kitchen; the smoothness of the white vaults finish with the rough surface treatment of the walls. The careful choices of materials and colors try to emphasize this friction, giving at every element and surface its own identity, still considering the overall dynamics in order to achieve a balanced composition.
Student apartment, Rome
Architect: Warehouse of Architecture and Research