By Ro­sa­ria Zuc­co­ni and Do­ria­na Tor­rie­ro — pho­tos by Al­ber­to Stra­da

Grey at­ti­tu­de — p. 198

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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.

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