Margine transformed a dark, fragmented 1930s apartment in Rome into the open, bright and versatile home-studio of a jazz musician adopting an eclectic design approach that involves a simple yet utterly refined combination of materials, textures and furnishings organised around a floor to ceiling slatted oak boiserie that functions as a mysterious musical instrument.

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In Rome, in the historic Appio Latino district close to the Aurelian walls and a few steps from the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, Margine  the architecture studio based in Rome and Lecce – has transformed a dark and fragmented apartment within an elegant 1930s building, into a bright and functional home-studio.

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 Margine’s founders, Giulio Ciccarese and Valentina Pontieri.

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.

At the same time, the slat system refines the acoustics of the space and amplifies the diffusion of natural light.

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.

Margine composes its own architectural melody, incarnating an eclectic and extremely versatile home, where elegance insinuates itself in the intelligent combination of materials, textures and furnishings that appear entirely simple but utterly refined.


Mini Bio

Margine is an architectural firm founded in 2012 by Giulio Ciccarese and Valentina Pontieri, two architects who share the same vision of an architecture capable of narrating and supporting the transformation of space to meet the changing needs of humans, nature and society. Their research activity at formal, functional and technological levels, inspires a complex architecture that embraces the creative and the production phases of the project, controlling quality, costs and processing times.
The studio responds to client requests with solutions that enhance the intrinsic vocation of the spaces, each phase of the building process, from the design to the direction of the works. The studio tackles the enhancement and protection of the landscape and the design of networks for sustainable mobility and slow observation. The firm accompanies the client from the feasibility assessment of a given intervention to the design of the strategies to accomplish it, providing assistance and technical and scientific support at each stage of the process. Margine also handles land planning, urban regeneration and participatory urban planning processes, and advises public and private bodies on the economic and technical planning of administrative territory.

Facts & Credits
Project title  Casa del Musicista
Typology  Interiors, Renovation, Residential
Location  Appio Latino, Rome, Italy
Date  October 2021
GFA  130 sq.m.
Client  Private
Architecture  MargineGiulio Ciccarese, Valentina Pontieri
Contractor  Dueffe Ristrutturazioni
Photography  ©Lorenzo Zandri

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