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Casa Moreno - Rome

Roman holiday

In Rome's Trastevere neighbourhood, a newly-renovated apartment combines bohemian atmospheres with bold and innovative architecture
Author
Benedetto Marzullo
Photos
Serena Eller Vainicher
Architect
Studio Tamat
Surfaces
MARCA CORONA
Year of completion
2018

A couple of tourists ride cheerfully around the streets of Rome on a Vespa. On arriving in the Trastevere neighbourhood, they dismount and – still smiling – step through a door into a historic building. The scene is from a fifties movie starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn entitled “Roman Holiday”. But why mention this? – you might ask. Because the apartment we look at in this article is a holiday home located in the centre of the very same famous Rome neighbourhood, just a short walk from the Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere and from the old town with its maze of narrow streets and small squares.
Casa Moreno, as the apartment is called, was designed by Rome-based practice Studio Tamat and is located in an old five-floor building with a neoclassical façade. Its sophisticated and slightly bohemian style blends well with the modern solutions chosen for the layout, finishes and materials. The entrance door opens onto a large open-plan space consisting of the living room, kitchen and – on a mezzanine level – the first of the two double bedrooms. The apartment stands out in particular for its distinctive assortment of furnishings, some of which were purpose-designed while others were bought at antiques markets, and for the choice of materials and colours. The dominant white of the walls, further accentuated by the high ceilings, contrasts pleasantly with a sage green coloured strip – a kind of wainscoting panel – that runs around the entire room and continues in the hallways and corridors, and with the floor covering. In the kitchen and dining room, Terra Porzione cement tiles from Marca Corona were chosen for their timeless style and hexagonal format, their distinctive play of geometries and chalky tones that create an intimate, sophisticated atmosphere. This atmosphere is further enhanced by the exposed brick and black metal beam ceilings. The bedroom faces directly onto the living space, partially screened by an original black metal lattice panel. The second and more secluded bedroom, complete with its own bathroom, is located in another portion of the house. This highly original apartment is a home-from-home for the perfect holiday… a Roman holiday, of course!

Tiles
Marca Corona, Terra (Linea 1741)
Type
porcelain stoneware
Sizes
Esagono 25x21,6cm
Colours
Decoro Porzione F (grey)
Technical characteristics
Water absorpion (ISO 10545-3): Ev ≤ 0,1%
Chemical resistance (ISO 10545-13): UA
Resistance to deep abrasion (ISO 10545-6): ≤ 150 mm3
Stain resistance (ISO 10545-14): conforme
Frost resistance (ISO 10545-12): conforme
Modulus of rupture and breaking strength (ISO 10545-4): S ≥ 1800 N
Slip resistance (DIN 51130): R9
Thermal shock resistance (ISO 10545-9): conforme
Crazing resistance (ISO 10545-11): conforme
Linear thermal expansion (ISO 10545-8): conforme
Certifications and awards
LEED
NF UPEC
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