an ideal flat for a young graphic designer
SET architects has completed the renovation of a small apartment for a graphic designer, in the heart of testaccio district in rome, italy. the 55 sqm apartment is situated within the social housing complex that was designed by plinio marconi in 1929. the requests of the client, who is a young creative, were to conceive a flexible and reconfigurable space starting from a limited budget. with this in mind, the architects have based their project around a central core, ensuring maximum freedom in assembling the spaces around it.
the social housing complex that was designed by plinio marconi in 1929
all images courtesy of SET
open configuration and natural materiality
despite the small size of the apartment, the client needed a home that could allow the diversified use of the rooms according to the needs in constant transformation. the new design by SET architects ( find more here) develops around the central core, which was created by opening two full-height passages on the existing walls. the use of full-height pivot doors made it possible to divide the space into separate rooms but at the same time, once opened, to generate a fluid sequence of freely accessible and connected rooms. the central core contains on one side the alcove that hosts the master bedroom with a window, while on the opposite blind side, there is a built-in wardrobe.
the color choices focused on the use of a few materials, highlighting their natural characteristics. in particular, the ‘graniglia’ floor is the protagonist of the space: the grain and the amaranth red color were created ad hoc by specialized craftsmen on the basis of specific design indications. the color of the floor was chosen to combine a natural material such as wood, specifically the brushed ash, used for the pivot doors. the kitchen has been custom made in stainless steel and is designed to dominate the living area. it looks like a low monolithic block to be perceived as a pure and abstract volume. finally, for the bedroom it was decided to adopt an alcove solution, of intimate and contained dimensions, to dedicate the maximum size to the rest of the rooms.
name: house for a graphic designer
architects: SET architects
location: rome, italy
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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom