Light and marble, transparency and whiteness, history and essential signs: these are the key factor of the project by the studio it’s for the new headquarters of Confcooper in Rome.
A building from the late 19th century that has been repeatedly altered over time has been renovated, combining original historical features and contemporary signs. Fragments of the 19th-century walls alternate with slim glass partitions, classic materials like marble are combined with light substances like reflecting aluminium, while a vertical green wall frames the stone courtyard.
The vertical access systems start with the original staircase, replaced by a ribbon in white marble and reflecting steel that reaches the terrace, regenerated as a roof garden.
The project for the building, with an area of about 4000 m2 on six levels, has been an opportunity for the studio it’s to conduct research and experimentation in the field of restoration with a BIM-Building Information Modeling approach, involving all the phases – from the design process to the production of the parts on site, all the way to the future facility management – permitting the whole project to take place on a tight schedule of just 15 months.
The worksite took on a new dimension of digital craftsmanship to interface the skills of artisans with technological innovation.
Inspired by the architecture of Luigi Moretti and reinterpreting it in a contemporary way, the project stands out for its diffused lighting that fills the interiors, modifying the perception of the materials, the hues and geometric lines of the spaces. The white Carrara marble of the floors has been reinterpreted through reduction into thin slabs. Alpi green and pink Portuguese marble are seen in the shared zones, identifying the areas for community use. The exterior is also luminous, thanks to the use of white to blend the architectural features in a very contemporary context of pure, essential lines.