labics overlaps old + new with pop art apartment in rome labics overlaps old + new with pop art apartment in rome
jan 30, 2014

labics overlaps old + new with pop art apartment in rome

labics overlaps old + new with pop art apartment in rome
images © filippo vinardi
all images courtesy of labics




restoring a pop art collector’s private apartment in rome, italian studio labics has combined its historic identity with a contemporary design. the project was based on reinforcing the existing shell and monumental character of the structure, while also adding a new layer able to support the necessary residential activities. clearing walls that had previously been added, a light steel insertion was introduced. the white element unfolds along the perimeter of the interior, supporting different functions: wardrobe, bookshelves or simple shelving units. changing in shape and form, it helps to keep a constant sense of identity and materiality throughout the spaces. the living room reveals the contrast between the old and new, where it is emphasized by a row of columns along the windows, offering a view out to the surrounding ancient buildings.


(left) view of sant’ignazio church
(right) looking through to the living room seats


the restored ancient wall with adrian tranquilli’s batman, ‘this is not a love song 10, 2010’ + picture by robert gligorov


the shelving system under the window is also the support for a wide internal window sill


the dining room


the two main colors used are white and brown with parquet matching the old ceiling


view of the bathroom


view of the bedroom


past remnants remain


project info:


client: private
location: rome
program: residential
status: completed
dates: 2013
design: labics (maria claudia clemente, francesco isidori)
architectural team: manuela gentile
photographs: filippo vinardi


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  • My goodness. It is so lovely and beautifully executed. It is deeply moving.
    I can just imagine being in this remarkable space and then going out into the city. Congratulations.

    Ron Smith says:

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