By Rosaria Zucconi and Doriana Torriero — photos by Alberto Strada
Grey attitude — p. 198
The colours of a green house and the grey of cement. Diffused light, a space that moves on different levels, with water routes underfoot. A homage to simplicity in the ‘ not typically Roman’ home of a young couple For Simone Menassè, renovating urban spaces with different stories, sizes and features is a personal approach. Around the unknown corners of Rome, Simone and his architectural firm have restored dozens of abandoned places over recent years. As a visionary architect and courageous businessman, he has left his signature on many industrial spaces transformed into cool restaurants, old shops into sophisticated art galleries, ateliers that spring up in old bakeries. “This time I went nosing around Montesacro in the northeast of the city: the district struck me with its tree- lined streets, its bars, restaurants and markets trapped in time, which made me appreciate a less chaotic lifestyle. This feeling of silence and tranquillity inspired a renovation project in which the insertion of natural elements like water and the many plants, together with a selection of warm materials like stone and wood, all played an essential role.” The furnishings, handmade one- off pieces created according to the architect and home owner, are teamed with a colour scheme that ranges from very light grey to the darker shades of wood. The works by young, up- and- coming artists provide the only splashes of colour and visual allure.